United starlet heading for exit

Federico Macheda’s agent has stated that the Manchester United striker will be leaving the club in January, as there have been limited first team opportunities for him at Old Trafford.

The Italian attacker shot to fame back in 2009, getting a number of key goals for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side following promotion from the youth team, but spent the second half of last season on loan in his homeland with Sampdoria.

Despite this, due to competition for places in the United attack, Macheda has struggled to make appearances for the Premier League champions’ first team this season and has been resigned to playing in a second string side in the Carling Cup.

Macheda was one of the players that was criticised by Ferguson after United’s shock 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in the cup quarter finals, and now looks set to leave England.

“I spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson and I believe he will go and play elsewhere,” Giovanni Bia is reported to have said in Mirror Football.

“He needs to play, and there is not a place for him at Manchester.

“There are many offers but only from abroad. We will assess them all in the first week of January,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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