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Frustrated Macheda eyes United exit

ESPN staff
October 17, 2012
Federico Macheda has made little impact at Old Trafford in recent seasons © Getty Images

Federico Macheda's agent claims the striker will look to move on from Manchester United in January after growing frustrated with his lack of playing time at Old Trafford.

Macheda looked destined for a bright future with United after scoring the winner against Aston Villa on his Premier League debut in April 2009.

However, he has failed to nail down a regular starting slot and is behind Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the striking pecking order. With that in mind, the Italian's agent is hopeful Sir Alex Ferguson will allow his client to move on.

"How can he be decisive for the team if he never plays?" Giovanni Bia told ItaSportPress. "Manchester United have some phenomenal players in attack, so it is truly difficult for Federico to find space. It's not true what they write in the English papers that he's going through a bad spell.

"He wants to play and if he cannot do so by January then we'll try to find an alternative solution. I will talk to Sir Alex Ferguson over the next few days.

"Federico was requested by German and Spanish teams over the summer, but the English club preferred to keep hold of him. I hope they understand the situation and let him leave in January, because it makes no sense to keep a 21-year-old on the bench."

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