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Auf Wiedersehen, Macheda

by Tom Parker

Manchester United forward Federico Macheda has today joined Bundesliga side F.C Stuttgart until the end of the season.

Initially, it looked as if Macheda would join Spanish second division side Elche but Stuttgart, who sit 10th in the Bundesliga, moved into pole position to sign the Italian earlier this week.

Stuttgart will be the 21-year-old’s third loan club after previously taking in loan spells at Sampdoria and QPR and it should be noted that both moves were considered less than successful.

Macheda has struggled for first team action this campaign and has only appeared three times for United this season.

The Italian forward was signed as a 16-year-old from Lazio and was a recipient of the prestigious Jimmy Murphy trophy in 2008/09.

Macheda burst onto the scene after a fine winner against Aston Villa in 2009, which was vital in United retaining the Premier League title that season. Macheda has been restricted to mainly U21s appearances and despite being the top scorer for them this year, he has struggled to make any lasting impact in the United first team

Macheda’s contract expires in the summer of 2014 and he will likely be sold, whether his loan spell is successful or not.

It will be interesting to see how Macheda fairs in Germany with another former Unite striker Mame Biram Diouf looking excellent at Hannover 96 since leaving United, scoring 20 goals in 32 appearances for the club.

For his sake, I hope the loan spell is successful so that he can find finally get his career started, even if it isn’t with Manchester United.

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