Federico Macheda will leave Manchester United on loan during the January transfer window, according to the young striker's agent.

It appeared that the 20-year-old would be the next star off the Old Trafford production when he announced himself on the scene with a debut winner against Aston Villa in 2008.

Macheda has, however, struggled to establish himself in the United first-team and was loaned out to Sampdoria last season, where he failed to register a single goal.

Since returning to Old Trafford in the summer, the Italian has featured only five times for United; with two appearances coming in the Carling Cup.

And, says Giovanni Bia, Sir Alex Ferguson is prepared to let Macheda further his education elsewhere for the time being.

"I spoke last week with Ferguson: I think that Federico will play somewhere else in January," Bia told Sportal.

"He can no longer continue to be on the field for only 15 or 20 minutes, he must absolutely find more space.

"There are requests, but not from Italy. In the first week of January we will evaluate the proposals that we've received. Macheda's departure, however, has nothing to do with the elimination from the Champions League of the United "

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