appearances I did make definitely helped me progress and grow as a player. I got to know Obafemi Martins well - he's a top striker. He played in Italy for a couple of years so we talked a lot about Serie A.
Presumably it was interesting to see how things work at another Premiership club?
Yes it was. It's easy to get used to the great way that Manchester United treat you because they do it so well. So it was good to see the way other teams work in the dressing room, in training and in preparation for matches. The banter between the players was very good and I was made to feel very welcome.
You've experienced challenging for major honours at United and fighting for survival in Serie A at Parma. How do the pressures compare?
There is pressure at both ends of the table. When you're at a club like United challenging for trophies, you have to give 100 per cent because every team wants to beat you. But being near the bottom of the table is just as pressurised because you have to do your utmost to stay in the top division. You're desperate for points and know that if you lose or draw a match, it can mean you're even further away from safety. It's a real shame to see Parma struggling because they've been one of the big teams in Italy.
"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)