Macheda has Fergie backing
Sir Alex Ferguson claims the emergence of Federico Macheda is the reason he has not spent big this summer.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 20/07/09 6:16pm
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."