On April 5, 2009, MU was behind 1-2 from Aston Villa in the match week 31 Premier League 2008/2009. The Red Devils need a victory over The Villains in order to maintain the top position from the threat of Liverpool.
In this difficult situation, the Manchester United manager at that time, Sir Alex FergusonInstead, he entered a 17-year-old boy named Federico Macheda to replace Luis Nani in the 61st minute. Ferguson’s gamble worked wonders.
MU was able to equalize through Cristiano Ronaldo in the 80th minute. Macheda, a debutant player, became a hero thanks to his late goal to bring MU to a 3-2 win.
His name immediately skyrocketed at that time. Moreover, he was again able to score goals in the next match against Sunderland.
MU won the season with the epic of Macheda. He was then predicted as the future forward for The Red Devils.
Ferguson, who knew very well the great talent of Macheda, then suggested he be loaned to a fellow English team. This is so that Macheda gets minutes to play and the man from Scotland can continue to monitor him.
However, Macheda wanted to prove himself in Italy. Macheda, who was 19 at the time, chose to join Sampdoria in 2011 on loan. His decision to ignore Ferguson’s advice is now deeply regretted by Macheda.
The reason is, the move to Sampdordia is precisely the beginning of Macheda’s career decline. Macheda sank under the pressure because of the immense expectations she was carrying.
“Ferguson told me not to go to Italy. He advised me to go on loan to England so he could keep an eye on me,” Macheda was quoted as saying. Football Italia.
I took it lightly: ‘Now I’m going to loan, I’ll prove myself and come back here’ “
“I chose to go home, to my country, and sign a contract with Sampdoria. I reject other goals.”
“Then (Giampaolo) Pazzini was sold and all expectations fell on me. I was a kid who came from United, but I don’t know how to take that responsibility?”
“I have never seen a 19 year old player who can save a club. My choice was wrong and Sir Alex was right,” he explained.
After Sampdoria, Macheda was loaned back by MU to several teams such as QPR, VFB Stuttgart, Doncaster and Bermingham. He was then released on a free transfer to Cardiff City in 2014. Had a chance to go to Novara, Macheda, who is now 29 years old, defended Panathinaikos.