Old Trafford forward seeking first team football.
Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is eyeing a loan move to another Premier League club during January.
“An assignment on loan in January? We have opportunities, but I definitely won’t be going back to Italy,” Macheda told tuttomercatoweb. “I would like to play in England, today and tomorrow, because I want my future to be at Manchester United. There are proposals from the Premier League, we are evaluating them and we’ll make our choices when the time comes.”
Macheda has made just one Premier League appearance this term, having found his path to a first-team place at United blocked by Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez and the emergence of England international Danny Welbeck.
“Welbeck has exploded, I was injured for a month and I only came back for 10 minutes on Saturday [against Newcastle],” Macheda said. “Welbeck is a great player and a very good person. I have played alongside him since I was 16 and we were in the youth teams together.
“I am tipping him to be a big star in the future. I also believe I am capable of matching him because, despite some criticism, I am still only 20 years old.”
Federico Macheda scored a couple of crucial goals when he made his breakthrough in February 2009, but has been unable to cement his place in the Manchester United team since.
A loan spell at Sampdoria proved ultimately unsuccessful – especially when the comparisons with Welbeck are reopened.
Welbeck – and fellow Red Devil Tom Cleverley – enjoyed productive loan spells at Premier League clubs last season, and have been able to graduate comfortably into the Man Utd and England team (presuming Cleverley would have been called up but for riots or injury).
Perhaps Macheda can still find his feet at Old Trafford – and a spell learning his trade in the same division cannot do any harm.