23/01/2013 10:09, Report by Adam Marshall
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Focus on... Macheda

MUTV's regular feature on United's younger players puts Federico Macheda under the spotlight...

First kicked a ball..
I think I was seven. My dad took me to a football club and I started to play there.

Signed for United..
I'd just started and couldn't believe it because I thought it was fake talk. So I'd started to play for my team and then the scout had been calling me from Manchester United and I started to realise it was real.

Footballing idol?
It was Marco van Basten, the striker from AC Milan. When I was young, my dad used to show me his clips from when he was playing. So he was my idol. I think he was maybe the best striker ever, for me.

Well, I think I'm strong and a technical player. I can finish as a striker so I think that's my strengths in football.

Favourite footballing moment?
Of course, the day of my debut. It was brilliant for me. The week before, the manager said to me I had a chance to go on the bench. Of course, I was young and happy but didn't believe it as well. I said I can't be on the bench but I didn't know who was injured and

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Federico Macheda

Age: 21

Born: Rome

Position: Striker


Premier League