Strength on the ball, good positional sense in the box and a clinical finisher, Kiko has all the attributes needed to succeed at Old Trafford.
Appearances: League 1(4), 1 goal; FA Cup 0; Carling Cup 2(1); Europe 2. Total: 5(5), 1 goal.
Season soundbite: "We have big hopes for Macheda. He is strong, athletic and a good finisher.
- Sir Alex Ferguson
In a word: Fearless
Things began promisingly for the Italian with two goals during the Asia Tour, but a spate of niggles left him frustrated for the majority of the campaign thereafter...
Story of the season: Like his short but immensely sweet first season, Federico Macheda’s second Barclays Premier League campaign didn’t begin until the spring. This time, however, he was kept back from the front line by injuries, rather than a managerial call on when to unleash the Italian on the unsuspecting world. Had he been fit, Sir Alex would no doubt have used him sooner in the league. The boss had, after all, taken the “exceptional talent” on tour in the summer and encouraged him further with five cup appearances in the autumn. As it transpired, Federico had eight months of lost league time to make up for when he came on at Bolton on 27 March. A week later, his eye for the half-chance yielded another dramatic late goal – and although it wasn’t on the same fairytale scale as his winner versus Villa – Kiko’s consolation against Chelsea demonstrated his ability to deliver in the biggest games.
Finest moment: Yet again, Kiko came off the bench to make an impact when United needed something to happen when Chelsea visited Old Trafford in April. Unfortunately the Italian's late strike wasn't enough to help the Reds salvage anything