The 23-year old had made one appearance as a substitute for Red Devils legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team prior the Saturday’s game against Norwich, for which he was finally handed his full debut.
The Bluebirds have had an impressive, if not remarkable start to the season, although many fans would have expected better with the quality of striking brought into the club during the summer.
Along with Macheda, Adam Le Fondre and Javi Guerra arrived at the Cardiff City Stadium in a bid for an immediate return to the Premier League.
With the Bluebirds failure to convert their chances, and an over reliance upon Kenwyne Jones, Macheda was finally given a start to see if he could change the ongoing situation, and, although he failed to net in his 90 minutes spell, his performance was encouraging - hinting that he may have the most rounded game of all Solskjaer’s striking options.
He managed just one shot on target, a meagre return for a full game, but his desire to drop deep and link up play was invaluable for the team effort.
He managed 41 touches, more than any other striker in the game, and completed 88% of his passes - one of which was a key pass.
The former Italian youth international - who spent spells with Doncaster and Birmingham in the Championship last season - also won three tackles, as many as any other Cardiff player, as he desired to fulfil a team role.
Although his defensive and playmaking qualities meant the negligence of his poaching ability, if he can play as he did on Saturday, with the added bonus of striking instinct, there is no doubt that he will secure a starting spot for himself.