Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has apologised to supporters following the club's shock Carling Cup defeat to Crystal Palace.

Darren Ambrose's long range strike and Glenn Murray's header put Dougie Freedman's side through to the last four, despite the best efforts of Macheda.

The Italian netted a penalty which took the game into extra time, but in vein at the Npower Championship side rallied to snatch victory in extra time.

Macheda said on Twitter: "I feel bad for all our fans! That wasn't a man u performance! Sorry lads! I understand your pain!!!

"We have to move on from yesterday! These things happen to every team! And Saturday we're looking to bring back a victory vs villa!"

Macheda has seen his opportunities at United dwindle since his debut in 2008, which coincided with a winning goal against Aston Villa, a decisive strike on the way to winning another Barclays Premier League title.

Since, a disappointing spell on loan at Sampdoria, coupled with the form of Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck has put the 20-year-old down the pecking order at Old Trafford, with starts in the Carling Cup and a sole appearance in the league his only United outings since last December.

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