The Manchester United flop looking to ruin Bayern Munich's perfect season

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Federico Macheda will hope to play a role in the German Cup final next Saturday; where VfB Stuttgart are all that stand in the way of a historic treble.

If you were in any doubt, now there should be none; Bayern Munich are the best team in Europe.

The Bundesliga champions by a whopping 25 points and now UEFA Champions League winners they have put a firm flag in the ground of the continent and claimed it as their own.

And things, it would seem, can only get better.

Next Saturday they go into the DFB-Pokal final, the German cup, as firm favourites against VfB Stuttgart.

The repeat of the 1997 theory that would have seen Bayern win the league, Dortmund the European Cup and Stuttgart the Cup has now gone out of the window after Arjen Robben’s deft left-foot finish at Wembley.

So with all the fanciful omens out of the way predicting the result of the game comes down to sheer facts and figures.

Which make ominous reading if you are a Stuttgart fan.

Stuttgart finished in 12th place this season; a massive 48 points behind the champions. If you want a gauge of how big a gap that is; Stuttgart finished the season on 43 in total.

So Stuttgart’s chances of stopping Jupp Heynckes signing out with a treble seem very small; miniscule even.

But one player who will be taking aim at that treble dream is Manchester United striker Federico Macheda.

The Italian youngster, of course, burst onto the scene with a truly sensational goal against Aston Villa back in 2009.

But since then it has been nothing but disappointment from the youngster and now, at the age of 21, he has accepted it is time to leave the club.

He has been on loan at the German outfit since January; but his time at Stuttgart has hardly been a success either and if we are honest Bayern will not be quaking in their boots at the sight of Macheda.

The fact is if he is to overcome his flop tag at yet another team he will have to do something pretty extraordinary; and score a goal.

The Italian has not scored since November 2011; in the 2-1 Carling Cup defeat against Crystal Palace.

So the reality is Macheda probably won’t be the man to stop Bayern Munich’s treble march; in fact nobody probably will.

But if he did it might just earn him the permanent move to Stuttgart that he so desperately craves.

What have you made of Macheda’s career so far?

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