Bebe and Radamel Falcao set for Old Trafford returns as Manchester United announce Rayo Vallecano fixture

Manchester United will welcome Rayo Vallecano to Old Trafford for a pre-season fixture on July 31, the club announced.

And while United hope to wheel out a handful of new signings by then, the pre-season match has the potential to also bring back a couple of new faces back to Manchester, for one afternoon.


Arguably the most bizarre signing of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, and there were a few, Bebe stood out for all the wrong reasons.

After leaving Manchester United, Bebe bounced around with spells in Portugal and Turkey, before settling in Spain with Rayo Vallecano.

Bebe is under contract with Rayo until 2025, having signed an extension last season when he helped the club clinch promotion to La Liga.

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Last season he played 29 La Liga games for Rayo, scoring once, in a match against Anthony Martial’s Sevilla. He scored another goal in the Copa del Rey.

Now 31, Bebe is still a regular for the Spanish side, and is also a full international, having switched allegiance to represent the Cape Verde Islands earlier this year, having previously represented Portugal at under-21 level.

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Bebe has three goals in six games for Cape Verde, scoring against Guadeloupe and Liechtenstein (twice).

Back at Manchester United he scored two goals in seven games, although is also remembered for some woeful attempts at crossing the ball.

He has had some hardship since leaving United, suffering two ACL injuries, and the potential return to Old Trafford is reward for him keeping his career going at a good level.

If United’s defence let him score at Old Trafford, well, we don’t want to consider the online meltdown if that happens…

Radamel Falcao

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Another player in contention to feature for Rayo Vallecao is former loanee Radamel Falcao, another player who failed to shine at Old Trafford.

Falcao was worth taking a chance on, he was one of the best strikers in the world, before suffering an ACL injury in 2013.

Having barely recovered, Manchester United took a chance on him, and sent Danny Welbeck packing to Arsenal, on an eventful transfer deadline day in 2014.

Unfortunately the reality of Falcao was not so exciting, with the Colombian international failing to rediscover the pre-injury explosiveness which made him one of the globe’s most feared strikers. He scored only four goals for Manchester United.

Now 36, Falcao has one year left on his Rayo Vallecano contract, and while they could try to cash in on him this summer, for now he remains on the books and is on course for a one-off return to Old Trafford.

Falcao outscored Bebe last season, scoring six goals in 22 La Liga games. The duo both carried themselves well during their disappointing spells at United, and it will be strange to see them back in Manchester. Both will be desperate to show what they can do.

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