Macheda has Fergie backing

20 July 2009 05:59
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claims the emergence of Federico Macheda is the reason he has not spent big on a striker this summer. The 17-year-old burst onto the scene last season, snatching a couple of vital goals during the run-in to help the Red Devils land the Premier League title. His maturity has impressed many, with the Italian starlet tipped to have a bright future in the game. He is expected to continue his impressive progress throughout the 2009/10 campaign, and has looked bright during pre-season. He was on target for United as they overcame a Malaysian XI 2-0 on Monday and his manager has backed him to help ease the disappointment of losing Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez this summer. Ferguson told MUTV: "I am pleased that Macheda and (Michael) Owen have struck up a good partnership. "We have big hopes for Macheda. He is one of the reasons we didn't go into the market. He is strong, athletic and a good finisher. "He played his part last season but he is just a young lad learning his game." Owen, who grabbed the other goal against the Malaysian XI, has also impressed Ferguson since arriving at Old Trafford as a free agent. "The goal was typical Michael Owen," he added. "He was the first person to react in the penalty box. And the second (chance) was a perfect situation for him. He was quick with his run and got in front of the defender. "He was unlucky it came off the post. Overall I was pleased with his contribution. It was good. He has done well tonight."

Source: SKY_Sports