Manchester United set to say arrivederci to striker

by Tom Parker

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is close to agreeing a season long loan with recently promoted Championship side Doncaster Rovers.

The 21-year-old’s agent Giovanni Bia had previously confirmed that Macheda would see out the final year of his contract with United before leaving the club and the forward could be set to spend his last season out on loan at Doncaster.

A highly controversial transfer to Old Trafford from Lazio in 2007, Macheda began his career in England in the best possible way when he netted a dramatic last-minute winner against Aston Villa on his debut before scoring another important goal in a victory over Sunderland in the following game.

But the early promise shown by the Italian was never fulfilled. Macheda was often pictured at nightclubs and fell right down the pecking order amid a falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson over an apparent permissive lifestyle.

Should a move to second tier Doncaster go through, it will be his fourth loan spell in as many years with Macheda spending time at Sampdoria, QPR and Stuttgart but during his time with all three clubs, he only managed to score one goal.

Sadly, Macheda appears to be the footballer equivalent of a one-hit wonder, a flavour of the month still living off that once in a lifetime goal as a 17-year-old against Villa.

Considering what was expected of him after such an explosive beginning to his senior career, it seems rather tragic that the final year of his United career will likely be played out at the rather paltry Keepmoat Stadium.

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