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Federico Macheda could gain first team experience away from Old Trafford.
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Juventus are keen on taking Manchester United’s teenage striker Federico Macheda on loan in January.
The promising forward, 19, burst onto the scene in April 2009 when he scored a dramatic winner for United against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
He has continued to impress for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and has scored four goals in just five starts for United.
But, with Wayne Rooney now back from a long spell on the sidelines, Macheda’s opportunities might become more limited at Old Trafford and Juve are ready to swoop.
The future of Juve striker Carvalho Amauri is currently in doubt after he sustained a fresh knee injury which will keep him out until at least January. The Brazil-born forward has not scored in the Serie A since February and it’s possible Juve consider Macheda a viable short-term replacement.
And reports in Italy have indicated the club’s director Giuseppe Marotta will travel to Manchester to discuss a potential loan move for their precocious striker. (talkSPORT)
Federico Macheda seems to have been the “next big thing” for a very long time, but Manchester United fans are still waiting for the Italian to consistently make his mark at the top level.
Perhaps a loan move would aid that development, but with Dimitar Berbatov suffering a drop in form and being dropped for the Wigan match, there is a chance Macheda could push through the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney is set to play the full 90 minutes against Rangers on Wednesday though, and if he can score the goals he did last season he will doubtlessly be first choice for Sir Alex Ferguson.
The best thing about the Manchester United strikeforce though, is that each player offers something different to the team.
Rooney provides hustle and bustle, creativity and strength and has improved his finishing. Berbatov is subtle and clever, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is exceptionally quick, a natural finisher with quality movement, and Michael Owen is deadly from the bench.
What Macheda has is height, strength and an eye for goal, and if he can consistently use those attributes to good effect, he could be a top class striker – whether at Juventus or Manchester United.