Fergie pleased for Bebe

United manager gives no clues about striker's immediate future

Bebe: Scored the equaliser in Manchester United's clash with Ajax Cape Town

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Sir Alex Ferguson will wait and see how the season progresses for Bebe as he admits having so many strikers does give him a headache.

The 22-year-old scored a last-minute equaliser in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Ajax Cape Town in South Africa on Saturday.

He had previously been sidelined for most of last season as a loan spell at Besiktas was cut short when he suffered a ruptured cruciate knee ligament.

Ferguson is not yet sure how much of a part Bebe will play at Old Trafford this term, but he does not mind too much having so many attacking options.


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"That was his first game for eight months," said Ferguson.

"His recovery is complete and he started training with us on July 5th.

"He will be pleased to be back playing and pleased he scored a goal.

"We will wait and see how the season progresses for him.

"It does give me a headache the number of strikers I have got. But it is not the biggest problem."

No retirement plans

United now head to China, for a game against Didier Drogba's new team Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday, having taken the unusual decision of attempting to minimise potential jet-lag by arranging their schedules on European time.

Still, Ferguson seems enthused at what lies ahead, insisting he is giving no time to when he might eventually call it a day.

"Retirement is not in my thoughts," said the 70-year-old.

"It certainly won't be determined by the players I have at my disposal.

"Eventually age or health will catch up. You are not in control of these things really.

"But at the moment I am fit, I feel good and I have a good bunch of boys.

"They are ambitious and that drives me on."