Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has been allowed to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer.

The Italian’s contract is due to come to an end next month and he has not been offered the chance to stay at the north-west giants.

Macheda broke on to the Premier League scene with a bang by scoring a late winner against Aston Villa back in April 2009.

The former Lazio man followed up his strike against Aston Villa by netting against Sunderland.

Macheda was expected to become a permanent fixture at Old Trafford following his early performances, however he failed to establish himself in Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans and was subsequently shipped out of Old Trafford on a temporary basis.

In fact, the 22-year-old has been loaned out to five different clubs since originally leaving Manchester United to join Sampdoria on a six-month deal.

Macheda’s most recent spell was at Birmingham City where he helped Lee Clark’s side avoid relegation to League One by scoring 10 goals in 18 league games.

Manchester United have also released the recently retired Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jack Rudge and Jack Barmby.

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