A very public apology to Federico Macheda

24 hours after questioning Macheda's move to Doncaster Rovers, Vincent Ralph admits he may have jumped the gun.

Yesterday I wrote a tongue-in-cheek piece about Doncaster’s on-loan striker Federico Macheda, saying the Championship side would be better off pinning their hopes on One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson.

Having burst on to the scene as a 17-year-old – scoring consecutive match-winning goals for Manchester United – the striker subsequently faded if not into obscurity then certainly wherever it is that unfulfilled talent resides.

Four-and-a-half years later, Macheda is in the last year of his Old Trafford contract, and is temporarily turning out for Paul Dickov’s Doncaster Rovers.

But it was a move I had little faith in. After all, here was a player who had failed to score a league goal for almost three years. And who had never once scored more than a single strike in a match for United or any of his loan clubs.

At least until yesterday, when the 22-year-old scored a brace in Doncaster’s 2-2 draw with high-flying Nottingham Forest.

It was an emphatic response to people exactly like me; those who wrote off the striker once branded a ‘superstar’ before he was even old enough to vote.

With Macheda keen to extend his loan deal with Dickov’s side, Doncaster fans could be about to see the re-emergence of a player who arguably did too much too young.

Now older but seemingly no less effective in front of goal, he has already proved that sometimes I should keep my mouth shut.

But not this time, because having seen what he did yesterday I owe both him and his new club an apology.

You can find my piece from yesterday below:

Doncaster would be better off with 1D 'wannabe' than Manchester United 'never was'

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