The agent of Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has urged manager Sir Alex Ferguson to consider selling him in the summer.

Signed from Lazio in 2007, the 21-year-old has struggled to make a regular contribution at senior level after an incredible start to life at Old Trafford, scoring the winner against Aston Villa on Premier League debut back in April 2009.

Spells on loan at Sampdoria and Queen’s Park Rangers have done little to enhance his first team chances with the Red Devils since then however, and with strong competition ahead of the Italian, opportunities appear limited for the player.

With that in mind, agent Giovanni Bia is eager for his client to get opportunities away from the club, and is hoping Sir Alex Ferguson will be willing to let the player move on.

“How can he be decisive for the team if he never plays? 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,” Bia told ItaSportPress.

“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.”

Macheda has Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in-front of him in the Manchester United pecking order, and has little chance of getting ahead of the aforementioned four when it comes to senior selection.

And, whilst Manchester United were eager to keep hold of the player before Van Persie joined in the transfer window, January might be a different story for the former Azzurrini U21 international.

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