For all of his fantastic signings, Sir Alex Ferguson was prone to totally bizarre ones too. Bebe was the most infamous, and Manucho was not far off.
It is 10 years since the Angolan striker left Manchester United, and it appears finally that his career may be over.
United sold Manucho to Real Valladolid in 2009, bringing an end to an unsuccessful two-year spell at Old Trafford.
Manucho has spent most of the last 10 years in Spain, and now 36-years-old, finds himself without a club and possibly facing the end of his career.
Why was he signed?
Manucho signed a three-year deal at United in 2007 after being recommended by Ferguson’s assistant Carlos Queiroz.
He was the top scorer in the Angolan league, playing for Petro Athletico.
Despite never playing in Europe before at the age of 24, Fergie saw enough of Manucho over a three-week trial to sign off on a deal.
He described the striker as a “tall, agile, quick forward” adding that he had been impressed [via Telegraph]
Manucho’s career never really got started at Old Trafford due to work permit complications, so he was sent on loan to Panathaniakos in Greece.
He had a bright start during his six month loan, netting on his debut, and scored four goals in total.
The next season he returned to United and was part of the squad, being handed the number 26 squad number now belonging to Mason Greenwood.
In total he made just three appearances for United, totalling 42 minutes of football. These came in games against Stoke in the league, where he managed an assist, and then FA Cup matches against Blackburn and Middlesbrough.
Months into the season with his playing time almost non-existent, United loaned him out to Hull City. He scored two goals in 14 games and was sold to Valladolid months later.
What happened next?
Over the past decade Manucho has carved himself out a solid career in Spanish football.
He spent five years at Valladolid in total, making more than 100 appearances and netted 19 goals, but was loaned out to Turkish sides Bucaspor and Maniaspor during this time.
He was released in 2014 and signed with Rayo Vallecano, where he spent four seasons. Manucho managed 14 goals for the club during this time, racking up another 100 plus games.
Last summer he signed for Spanish lower division side UE Cornella, but scored only one goal in 16 games.
His final match came in a play-off loss in May when he figured as a late substitute, and he was released weeks later.
Now 36, Manucho is without a club and there does not appear to be much interest.
It is possible he finds a way to extend his career either in Spain or moving to another country, but quite possibly, he has reached the end of the line.
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