Federico Macheda has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson as "the best manager in the world", despite being sent out on-loan to Stuggart. 

Macheda set the world on fire in his first couple of appearances for Manchester United at just the age of 17. 

But loan moves, injuries and a lack of goals have held his career back. 

Macheda, who came to Manchester aged 15 from the youth of Italian outfit Lazio, scored at his debut game against Aston Villa four years ago to grab a last-gasp winner. With netting against Sunderland in the next game, he did his bit to make Manchester United the Premier League champions of 2009. But from then on, his fairytale-like career has turned sour.

He spent unlucky spells on loan at Italian outfit Sampdoria Genoa and QPR but never recalled his fine performances of 2009. With having netted just in one game at his loan stations, these spells have been fairly unsuccessful. 

For the third time now, Macheda seeks his luck on loan. Since January he is playing for German side VfB Stuttgart, currently sit 13th in the league. The Italian played eight matches in the Bundesliga so far, coming in as a substitute in everyone of them - however is yet to score. 

Although he has struggled at United in recent years - Macheda has heaped praise on Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but has admitted he's enjoying life at Stuttgart. 

Macheda told MARCA.COM: "I feel good here [at Stuttgart]. This is a big club with a great squad. At the moment, everything's going great. 

"I'm being given more and more chances in the team and I think I'll get even more minutes in the future".

"Sir Alex Ferguson is keeping track on me and we've kept in touch. He's helping me a lot and I'm really happy to have his guidance. 

"He's the best manager in the world and he's like a father to me. I was very young when I arrived in Manchester and he gave me a lot of support. 

"It's thanks to him that I'm here now."

The future is currently unknown for the youngster, as a career at Old Trafford looks unlikely.


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