Striker Federico Macheda has reiterated his desire to make his mark with Manchester United in the Premier League.
Macheda joined Serie A side Sampdoria on loan earlier this month and the Italian Under-21 international scored his first goal for his new club in the Italian Cup win over Udinese in midweek.
But the 19-year-old is determined to ensure his time with the Genoa-based club boosts his career at Old Trafford, where he has scored four goals in 27 appearances.
“I have always said my objective is to return to Manchester United and make my mark in the Premier League, as they are a world-class club,” Macheda said.
“In terms of organisation, they are a step above the rest. Sir Alex Ferguson even came to watch the youth team games and always cheered me on.”
“That never happened when I was at Lazio. Before I left, the only one of the top players who came over and asked me to stay was Fabio Firmani.”
However, Macheda said responsibility came with playing for United.
“One time he tore shreds off me when I got back to the hotel late after a night out,” he said.
“I do like it at Sampdoria, so if I see there aren’t many prospects in England, then I could stay on longer.”
Macheda also spoke about the comparisons between the Premier League and Serie A.
“The defenders hit you just as hard in Italy as in England, with the only difference being in the Premier League the referees whistle less,” he said.