Ex-Man United youngster scores first Cardiff goal to beat Forest

Federico Macheda got off the mark for his new club as the Bluebirds defeated previously unbeaten Nottingham Forest 2-1.

Cardiff City ended Nottingham Forest's unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win at home.

It was Russell Slade's first game in charge of the Bluebirds, and his new side displayed plenty of desire and ability to record just their second victory in the last 9 Championship matches.

And key to the result was former Manchester United starlet Federico Macheda, who scored a superb opener for the home side.

As Aron Gunnarsson countered for Cardiff in the 22nd minute, he laid it off for Macheda on the right hand side, who skilfully cut infield past Forest challenges and finished past Karl Darlow.

The Italian burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old under Sir Alex Ferguson, scoring a famous winner against Aston Villa to help United to the Premier League title.

But since those early days, Macheda's star has waned somewhat, going on a succession of loans that saw him turn out in Serie A and the Bundesliga without managing to build on his early promise.

The striker, still only 23-years-old, enjoyed a strong season in the Championship with Birmingham last year, before joining up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and other former United players in an attempt to take the Welsh side back to the Premier League.

Things didn't go to plan for Macheda or Solskjaer, with limited appearances for the former and poor form leading to a dismissal for the Norwegian.

The fact Slade went with the ex Lazio graduate in his first game shows he knows that he has a player of real promise on his hands, and the nature of Macheda's strike indicates he may just be ready to come good on that potential. 

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