Federico Macheda's meteoric rise continued on Sunday when he made his first senior start for United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Earlier this month, the young Italian striker spoke to MUTV's David Stowell about his footballing upbringing, his move to Old Trafford and his hopes for the future.
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Just a few weeks ago, Federico ‘Kiko’ Macheda might have eyed April in the diary expecting to play most of his football at Moss Lane, home of non-league Altrincham FC and also United Reserves.
Instead, the young Italian has enjoyed a dream goalscoring debut at Old Trafford, netted the winner at the Stadium of Light and made his first senior start for United at Wembley.
Still only 17, Macheda has made a meteoric rise through the Reds' ranks since arriving from Lazio in September 2007, as our timeline shows:
15 September 2007 – Makes his United Academy debut away at Barnsley and grabs the only goal of the game as the Reds run out 1-0 winners.
13 December 2007 – Scores the winner with nine minutes remaining on his FA Youth Cup debut as United edge out West Bromwich Albion 2-1.
26 February 2008 – Comes off the bench for the Reserves in a 2-0 defeat against an experienced Liverpool side at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium. Macheda pits his wits against Martin Skrtel during his 22 minute run-out.
27 March 2008 – Nets his first goal for the Reserves in his first start as the Reds ease to a