Who is Federico Macheda?

Italian ladies man steals the show at Old Trafford


After seeing his side steal a last minute winner against Fulham on Saturday, Rafa Benitez was enjoying his Sunday evening a little more more than usual, thanks to Manchester Utd’s imminent slip-up against Aston Villa. But just when the Spaniard thought he had gained two points on his bitter rivals, a 17-year-old reserve team striker whipped in a fantastic curling winner. “Who is this guy?” asked Benitez, nearly choking on his paella. Here’s The Spoiler’s guide to Manchester Utd’s latest sensation, Federico Macheda:

  • Macheda was born in Rome on 22 August, 1991, which makes us feel incredibly old.
  • He started his career playing for Lazio, but signed for Utd shortly after his sixteenth birthday.
  • After joining the Red Devils in 2007, he became the Under-18 side’s top scorer, with 12 goals in 21 appearances.
  • He may use more hair gel than Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • On his seventeenth birthday, he signed his first professional contract, and made his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s reserve team.
  • Ferguson recently said of him: “The young boy Macheda is progressing exceptionally well in the youth team and Reserves. He’s a big lad now, he’s improved physical. He’s been doing fantastically well and we’re really pleased with him.”
  • Last week, he scored a hat-trick for the reserves against Newcastle
  • He is on Facebook.
  • His nickname is ‘Kiko’. God knows why.

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