United striker will stay and fight for his place - agent

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Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is determined to stay and fight for his place in the team after his agent Giovanni Bia ruled out a return to Italy for his client.

Macheda spent the second half of last season on loan at Sampdoria, but struggled to make his mark in Serie A after making only 13 appearances for the recently relegated club.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson currently has a plethora of attacking options at Old Trafford, which would suggest that Macheda's first team opportunities for Manchester United may be limited again this season.

But the 19-year-old is adamant he will remain, after starting pre-season well by scoring twice in United's 4-1 victory over New England Revolution - their first friendly on the Reds' tour of North America.


It is heavily anticipated that Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez will remain Manchester United's first-choice pairing in attack in 2011-12, with Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen as back-ups.

Macheda will also face additional competition from Danny Welbeck, who returns to Old Trafford after his season-long loan spell with Sunderland.

Regardless, Bia said that another loan spell with an Italian was simply out of the question. Speaking to direttanews he confirmed:

"Federico is in Manchester and is very well in England. I rule out a return to Italy."

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