Former Manchester United striker determined to prove worth at Cardiff

Federico Macheda is determined to make this season at Cardiff City the best of his career.

The 23-year-old's career is Wales has started the same way his did at Manchester United, very promisingly. Macheda managed to score two goals on his Cardiff debut against Port Vale last night, with the Championship side eventually winning 3-2.

After the game the goalscorer admitted to WalesOnline that he missed a few chances in the past but was determined to prove his worth at his new club.

He said: “Maybe I did miss a few chances in the past, but I have grown up as a man and a footballer."

“Now I understand the need to concentrate fully in every match and work hard."

“I have confidence I will build on this start."

Cardiff manager and United legend Ole Gunnar Solksjaer gave Macheda a chance to revive his career, and having worked with him in the United academy Macheda is grateful for the opportunity he has been given.

"Cardiff have given me a great chance."

"I came here to do well because I know Ole and all the staff, that's why I came here."

"So he's given me a big chance and I'm confident I'm going to take it." 

Big things where expect of Macheda when he and his family moved to Manchester in 2007, and his career at United could not have gotten off to a better start.

After some brilliant performances for the under-18s and reserves, the then manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave him a shot in the first team, as a late substitute in an extremely tight game against Aston Villa. At just 17-years-old the Italian scored one of the most memorable last gasp winners you are likely to see.

Instantly Cruyff-turning a pass from Ryan Giggs before curling a devastating finish past the Villa keeper sent the boy and Old Trafford into hysteria. A legend appeared to have been born, or so they thought...

He then came off the bench int he following league match against Sunderland and scored again, a little less glamorously this time though, flukily deflecting a Michael Carrick shot past Craig Gordon.

Since that season though in 2009, the striker's development has stalled somewhat. He only scored two more goals in his United career, and fell down the pecking order with the emergence of Danny Welbeck and the signing of Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie.

After various loan spells with clubs in England and throughout Europe, United saw no reason to extend Macheda's contract and he was released this summer, subsequently joining Cardiff in the Championship.

At the age of 23 Macheda still has time to become to player his potential promised, but for the time being though it seems he has found his level in the Championship. 

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