Italian strike sensation linked with surprise United return

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Manchester United's on-loan striker Federico Macheda could return to Sampdoria again next season according to

The 19-year-old starlet has endured a turbulent time since moving to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in January, with the Serie A strugglers engulfed in a relegation battle.

Currently sitting two points adrift of safety, Sampdoria are at risk of dropping into the Italian second division, but the Red Devils youngster could return regardless of which league they are playing in next campaign.

Having made just 14 appearances since leaving Old Trafford, Macheda has struggled for form – compounded by the fact he has not yet found the net in his three-and-a-half month spell back in Italy.


Macheda's agent Giovanni Bia admitted in an interview with tuttomercatoweb that, on the face of it, the loan move negotiated by Manchester United hasn't yet proved to be productive.

"Macheda was bad for this situation. There's too much pressure and criticism in Italian football and I think he has regretted how it has turned out.

"I will speak to Sir Alex Ferguson to decide what to do next season.

"Sampdoria could be a useful experience for him, even in the case of Serie B, but it is still early to talk about it."

Ferguson signed Macheda for Manchester United back in 2007 from Serie A giants Lazio, and remains under contract at Old Trafford until 2014.

The Red Devils boss retains high hopes for his precocious young talent, but may favour sending him out on loan for another season to continue broadening his football education.

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