Federico Macheda returns to the United framework this year after a disappointing loan spell out at QPR that amounted to nothing. After a poor Sampdoria loan in the previous season, he hasn’t had the best of times outside the walls of Old Trafford but he spoke to Manutd.com about how important this season is going to be for him:
“It’s great to be back at Manchester United. When you go on loan you really understand how important it is to play for this club.
“I’m really happy to be back and I can’t wait for the start of the season.
“Last season was disappointing. In the first six months I didn’t get a lot of opportunities here so we decided it was best for me to go on loan.
“When I got to QPR things went a bit wrong, though, as I was feeling my ankle a lot. But now I feel a lot better and want to start the season well. It’s a big season for me.”
Ever since being thrust into the limelight following his superb goal against Aston Villa, the Italian striker has struggled to make any real impact at United. However, with Michael Owen already departed and Dimitar Berbatov likely to follow, he has a real opportunity to stake a claim at United. Our greatest teams were built with four strikers, so the numbers are there for the making. Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez will remain our top three forwards but strength in depth has always been one of United’s greatest assets.
Kiko also spoke to Manutd.com about the up and coming tour of South Africa and Asia:
“I’m really looking forward to it.
“It’s always great to visit fans in different countries. You meet new people, you see new cities, you experience different cultures.
“I didn’t know how big the club was around the world when I went away for the first time in 2009. But I was very impressed by Malaysia, China and Korea.
“We have great support all over the world and I love being part of this team.”
If there was ever a time when he had a chance to really cement his place in the United team, then it is now. Another season of anonymity may well see Macheda leave Old Trafford.
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