What are the main differences between Italian and English games from a striker's point of view?
The pace during matches and the physical side of the game is a lot less intense in Italy compared to England. I've learned a lot about the tactical side of the game during my time at Parma - that's a major part of the set-up over here, both in training and during matches. It's something we spend a lot of time working on because you come up against some very good technical players over here. I'm not saying players aren't technically gifted in England - you only have to look at United's team to see the ability and skill the players have - but Italian players are particularly strong in that area.
Which areas of your game have you specifically been working on improving over the past eight months?
Nothing in particular, I just want to improve everything both from a technical aspect and a tactical one. Of course, when you go out on loan, the main objective is to try and get as much experience as possible at the top level. I want to come back to United not as the kid in the Reserves who makes the step up but as a player fully involved in the senior squad.
"You always have to be confident in your own ability and I am. I really hope I can make my mark next season."
- Giuseppe Rossi, speaking in 2007
Manchester United (2005-2007)
Newcastle United - loan (2006)
Parma - loan (2007)