Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is joining Stuttgart on loan for the remainder of the season.

Macheda has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford after scoring a famous debut goal against Aston Villa as a 17-year-old that helped secure the Premier League title in 2009.

Loan spells at Sampdoria and QPR have both proved disappointing and now the Italian is looking to kick-start his career in Germany. "I have followed the Bundesliga and naturally know about Stuttgart," Macheda told www.manutd.com.

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