Here’s a perfect example, if one is needed, which shows that we must never, EVER automatically believe what we read in the media. Much was made of Bebe having been a homeless Portugese kid when Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to Manchester United. Yet here’s his straight and unequivocal answer when asked by the club magazine Inside United if he had ever lived on the streets “No, this is not true, I have never lived on the street” It cannot be much simpler than that can it? Bebe talks about that myth and gives an insight into his past when answering questions put to him by the magazine.
When it comes to transfer gossip, the media does not have any bigger target than Manchester United. Most are pure lies and not worth the paper that they’re written on -like this week’s report that United will be going into a January battle with Manchester City for the signature of Liverpools Fernando Torres. City? Maybe, but an Anfield hero to United can be no more than pure fantasy. When the rumour comes out of the horses mouth however, you have to think that there must be more than a hint of truth in the story.
Having been a lifelong, avid book reader, primarily football autobiographies of course, the release of Sir Alex Fergusons new book “Football Bloody Hell” scheduled to hit the shelves this week already has me salivating. It’s a book that has been anxiously awaited since Fergusons “Managing My Life” a decade ago and if a preview written by Andy Mitten for the Manchester Evening News is any guide, it will be sitting on my bookshelf the minute it hits the stores.