Carlos Queiroz: I knew nothing about Bebe when he signed for Man Utd
Carlos Queiroz has denied responsibility for Manchester United's infamous signing of Bebe in 2010 -- saying he had not even heard of the winger.
United paid 7.4 million pounds to bring in the Portuguese forward, who had only joined Vitoria de Guimaraes on a free transfer a few weeks earlier.
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted it was the first time he signed a player without watching him and Bebe never started a league game during his time at Old Trafford.
Queiroz, who had two spells as Ferguson's assistant manager, was in charge of Portugal at the time when Bebe joined United and the fact that he shares an agent, Jorge Mendes, with the 24-year-old led to suggestions he was involved in the surprise transfer.
But he told FourFourTwo: "Bebe was not even part of our scouting files for the national team of Portugal. He didn't exist, in a system where nothing escaped us. So Bebe going to Man United took me by surprise. I called my coaches and asked them was what going on, why he didn't exist. I knew nothing about him."
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Bebe, who had only previously played lower-division football in Portugal, made seven appearances for United in total and was then loaned to Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira before his eventual departure to Benfica this summer.
Queiroz also praised Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, whom he coached for both United and Portugal, for his perfectionism and compared him to the bodybuilder, actor and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He added: "It was rare to see in a young player so much talent and such a strong personality, purpose, persistence and commitment. I read about Arnold Schwarzenegger learning to dance the tango -- he was obsessed with being a perfectionist. Cristiano is the same,
"I was once in my office at Carrington and saw something moving in the trees far away. Maybe it was a spy -- we used to have them.
"I called security and asked. They came back to me and said: 'It's Cristiano Ronaldo. He's training alone.' He is unique as a footballer."
Ronaldo, who joined United in 2003, went on to score 118 goals in 292 games for them and now has 274 in 262 for Real Madrid.