VFB Stuttgart produced a 2-1 win over FC Freiburg which gives them the chance to stop Bayern Munich winning the DFB-Pokal.
Manchester United youngster Federico Macheda is currently on loan with Stuttgart meaning he has the chance to potentially score the goal, which could end Bayern’s dream of securing another piece of silverware.
However, he hasn’t had the impact at the German club he would have been hoping for as he’s still looking for his first goal in Stuttgart colours.
That can be put down to the fact that he has been used largely as a sub with the German team, coming off the bench on 14 occasions in all competitions, which makes it virtually impossible for him to have any sort of consistency.
Despite the current injury to Vedad Ibisevic, he’s probably unlikely to start the final against Bayern but there is no reason he can’t come off the bench and score a late winner.
After all, that’s the reason he got some fame and fortune at United in the first place scoring a late winner in a Premier League match against Aston Villa which has United fans everywhere purring over his potential and future.
It’s going to be a very important match for the Italian if he’s involved because if he returns to Old Trafford without a goal under his belt for Stuttgart, it will hardly inspire United to fend off offers for him this summer.
If he can grab a goal, a good goal, which may topple Bayern Munich, clearly the best team in Germany this season, then that will send out a message which may keep him at United for another season.
He can then use that season to work hard, improve and have a big impact in the United first team as he looks to extend his current deal with United which is set to expire next summer.
Macheda has been a bit of an enigma this year because his record with the United Under-21 side has been fantastic; six goals in eight games, which suggests he’s too good for youth level but not quite there at senior level.
He definitely has something, something inside him which could be very rewarding for United but in a high pressure world where there is a constant demand for success at the club, he may be the next player to slip through the net.
What do you reckon? Can he topple Bayern?
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