FC Bayern Munchen have created history after a 3-2 victory against VfB Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal final to complete a magnificent treble.
The Bavarians added the German Cup triumph to their Champions League and Bundesliga titles to complete arguably one of the most dominant seasons in recent history under the guidance of Jupp Heynckes.
And while the experienced German will no longer be their coach next season they have a pretty decent replacement lined up in the form of former Barcelona supremo Pep Guardiola.
But they were made to work for their latest victory.
After romping into a 3-0 lead courtesy of goals from Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez (2) the game suddenly turned late on when Stuttgart showed some fighting spirit.
Austrian international Martin Harnik bagged two late goals but in the end they did little more then make the scoreline respectable as Bayern marched on to glory.
Stuttgart had dreamed of ending the processionary like campaign Bayern have demonstrated and one player who would have loved to help in that cause would have been Manchester United loanee Federico Macheda.
The Italian was brought in on loan in January to help the club through till the end of the season; as they find themselves desperately short on attacking options.
And you know he would have been chomping at the bit to get onto the field.
But he quite clearly never had the smallest chance of doing so; as Stuttgart did not even name him among the substitutes for the fixture.
The 21-year-old has only played 395 minutes of football across all competitions since arriving in Germany; playing 90 minutes just once against his boyhood club Lazio in the Europa League.
And yet again it has been a fruitless spell out on loan after previously poor stints with Sampdoria and QPR.
Rumours had already started to circulate recently that he was not being considered on a permanent deal by the Bundesliga outfit; as they turned their attentions to Hannover pairing Didier Ya Konan and Mohammed Abdellaoue.
His absence from the squad for this massive game is perhaps the clearest indication yet that he is simply not wanted at Stuttgart; and we highly doubt he is wanted any more by Manchester United considering their wealth of striking options.
With yet another disappointing loan-spell now behind him surely now the time is right to finally leave the club on a permanent deal this summer.
That is if anyone wants to take him of course.
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