Bebe produced an outstanding performance as Rio Ave stunned Sporting Lisbon 2-1 in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
The on-loan winger received the Man of the Match award in some quarters as two own goals helped his side pull off a victory that keeps them in fifth spot and six points clear of the illustrious Lisbon club.
“I feel like I helped the team,” he told Record afterwards. “But everyone was important. I feel important here because I can play regularly. I hope to keep in shape, keep helping Rio Ave until the end of the season and return to Manchester United, which is my club.”
Can Bebe return to Old Trafford and make an impact?
A crispy afternoon almost six years ago, Cristiano Ronaldo curled a superb effort in the bottom corner of the goal in front the Putney End, a goal that went some distance to establish United’s credentials as worthy title challengers.
As Wayne Rooney slotted the ball past Mark Schwarzwer 12 minutes from time to settle a topsy-turvy encounter, many of the fans packed in the away end would have felt the same relief as United opened a 10-point gap (at the time of writing) over City.
We’ve been beaten there before. We’ve made complacent errors away from home at crucial stages of a few seasons. This season it’s obvious that everyone connected with Manchester United learned a huge lesson last season when suffering the painful finale of losing the title to local rivals, City.
Everyone’s talking (now more than ever) about how every fixture from now until the end of the season is crucial and about the need to avoid complacency. If United do slip up between now and May it won’t be for the lack of trying or a presence of complancency. No one’s letting anyone forget last season or the complacency that crept in.
Back-to-back Premier League defeats at Craven Cottage in March and then December 2009 have blighted United’s fairly decent record there, but with just one less draw  than wins  there in the last 11 fixtures, are Betegy right to give United a 45% chance of winning? Are the bookies selling their punters short offering United at a mere 1.57?
United are a top priced 1.65 with bet365 to win their away game at Fulham and everything suggests they will do just that.
Make no mistake, tomorrow night should not be taken for granted for a minute, although many will. Think Wigan away last season, think Everton at home. These are games we (and I’m sure the team) will find themselves constantly reminding each other of as the season draws to what will hopefully be a title winning close.
Tonight United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford knowing a win could extend their advantage back to seven points after local and title rivals City slipped to a meagre 0-0 draw at Loftus Road last night.
Despite United’s history of excellent looking results against Southampton (unbeaten in their last 17 league matches at OT) since 1988, Southampton have been known to spring the odd surprise on United and rarely give them an easy game. In fact, Southampton have failed to score at OT just five times in those 17 matches Betegy accordingly make United 52% favourites to take all three points with a both teams scoring.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged by the Football Association over comments he made about an official after Manchester United’s game at Tottenham last week.
The Manchester United boss accused assistant referee Simon Beck of failing to give Wayne Rooney a “clear” penalty.
The FA asked Ferguson to explain his comments and have now charged the Scot, stating he implied the match official was motivated by bias.
He has until 16:00 GMT on Friday to respond to the charge.
According to ESPN, Manchester United are set to make an £8 million bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama before the January transfer window closes this week.
Celtic are, however, likely to reject any January offer due to the player’s importance to them during their ongoing Champions League campaign, but it would be seen as a statement of United’s intent to jump to the front of the chasing pack for his signature.
The Kenyan’s performances have attracted interest from a number of clubs in the last few months and, with several preparing to open talks with the Scottish Premier League champions and the player, it is believed United feel they must act now.
Manchester United have been rewarded for their victory over Fulham yesterday with yet another tie against a Premier League rival, this time they were handed a home fixture with Reading.
The tie will take place on the weekend of February 16/17th.