Portuguese new singing Bebe has made Sir Alex Ferguson’s Champions League squad despite speculation suggesting he’d been left out.
Bebe is the source of rumour mills all over the country after his controversial switch from Vitoria de Guimaraes – Ferguson admits to having never seen him play – but has secured a spot in the squad that is 6/1 to win the Champions League.
The £7m signing from Portugal’s third tier has attracted huge interest after Ferguson signed him on the advice of Carlos Quieroz, and he has yet to feature in a Manchester United squad this season.
Ferguson has spoken of Bebe’s lack of fitness being the reason for his lack of appearances but the inclusion in the Champions League squad show’s Bebe must be nearing full fitness.
One man who is yet to discover full fitness is Owen Hargreaves and despite making the 25-man squad for the Premier League, Ferguson has ruled Hargreaves out of featuring in a Champions League clash before December.
If Hargreaves can prove his fitness in time for January, then he could be added to the squad when alterations are allowed in February, a big if for a player who has only featured 26 times for United in three years.
Untied open their campaign with a home tie against Rangers and will be confident of starting strongly against a team whom they took six points from in their 2003 Champions League campaign.
With Valencia and Bursaspor the other opponents in Group C, United can be confident of qualifying and they are 1/4 to top their group.
With the addition of David Villa, Barcelona are the team to beat and are 11/4 to win. See the full UEFA Champions League football betting market here.