Federico Macheda has admitted his future is far away from Manchester. We have a look at the possible destinations for the young star.
The highly rated Italian under-21 striker vented his frustration in the Italian media claiming that his future lies away from Manchester and that he expects to go out on loan in the next week.
The striker became a cult hero at Old Trafford when he burst onto the scene at a young age, grabbing the headlines over the likes of Ronaldo, Berbatov and Rooney.
The game against Aston Villa in 2009 will live long in the memory of some United fans, who credited Macheda putting them back in the thick of the title fight, with last minute wonder goal to win them the game.
It’s fair to say the progression of the young Italian hasn’t been as fruitful as everyone had hoped, when they thought they had a potential world class player amongst their ranks. A few disappointing loan spells since then hasn’t helped his cause, but the young player managed to push himself back into the spotlight with a strong loan spell at Doncaster earlier in the season, unfortunately that was cut short through injury and he had to return back to United to be assessed.
The comments in the media of his availability will have set a few clubs on high alert, including Doncaster, where he had a good few weeks in late September. Although, not to sound disrespectful to Doncaster fans, his form there and with him making himself a possibility for a longer term deal in January, I would suggest higher placed sides in the Championship could be interested and even in Italy itself.
Here's a look at 5 possible destinations for the young player in the next week as he looks set to pack his bags at Old Trafford, seemingly for good:
1) Doncaster Rovers – Having enjoyed a successful loan spell there previously, it would stand to reason that he would return there until January at least. It’s no coincidence that Doncaster endured their best run in the league with the Italian in the team and manager Paul Dickov has made no secret about wanting him back at the Keepmoat and will no doubt be first in line with an offer.
2) Nottingham Forest – Desperate for a striker, the East Midlands side have been blunt upfront with most of their goals coming from their midfield. The Italian has already showcased his talents to Forest and manager Billy Davies, where he scored twice for Doncaster in a 2-2 draw with the promotion chasers.
3) Derby County – Despite being well stocked upfront with high quality players, and are currently the highest scoring side in the division they may look to improve the situation if the opportunity arises. The Italian striker will be well known to former Manchester United, now Derby County coach Eric Steele and will have a fairly knowledgeable view on the striker, so if Derby do make a move for him it could be down to his word on the striker.
4) Watford – A side with a few players he will have a good connection with due to his connections in Italy and with the Italian national side. The Italian Zola revolution could call on the United man to spark their promotion push into life as they currently sit outside the play-offs.
5) Brighton – The ankle injury to long-term fan favourite Leonardo Ulloa has left a void in the southern coast side’s team, which they have struggled to fill. The Italian will be the first name on the list for some supporters as they look to sniff out a bargain until at least January and Ulloa can get fit.
Where do you think the United prospect could end up? Could he end up proving everybody wrong elsewhere?
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