Federico Macheda completely loses his head during Serie B clash for Novara

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Federico Macheda - remember him?

It's been nine years since the 26-year-old so famously burst onto the scene for Manchester United with a dramatic late winner against Aston Villa.

With the scores level at 2-2 and mere minutes remaining, Macheda swivelled and curled a stunning strike into the bottom corner to make it 3-2.

From that moment it seemed United had unearthed yet another future superstar, but that hasn't turned out to be the case at all.

Six failed loan spells during his time at United eventually saw Macheda leave the Red Devils for Cardiff City in 2014, where he spent two years but failed to impress.

He then joined Serie B side Novara in 2016 and since then the Italian has become a completely forgotten quantity.

So where did it all go wrong? Well, speaking last year, Macheda pinpointed a piece of advice Sir Alex Ferguson gave him that he ignored as the reason for his plummet.


In 2011, Fergie wanted Macheda to join a Premier League club on loan but the striker was adamant about playing in Serie A. He ended up moving to Sampdoria and it quickly went pear-shaped.

"Fergie wanted me to go on loan; I could see that was sensible," he said in 2017. "Many Premier League clubs came in for me including Everton and Sunderland.

"But I wanted to play in Italy, in Serie A. Fergie did not agree and said I should play in England, where he could keep an eye on me.

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"He said he didn't have the same power in Italy. I insisted on Italy and that was the worst mistake of my life."

How Macheda must regret that decision. Seven years ago he was wanted by several Premier League clubs; now he's playing in Serie B and on Tuesday night he embarrassed himself.

Macheda opened the scoring against Cremonese but was given a straight red card eight minutes later for kicking an opponent and then going to headbutt another.

No, seriously. Check out the Italian's actions in the video below.

Such stupidity. Scoring a goal one minute and getting a straight red card the next just about sums up Macheda's career.

Discipline and attitude have always been a problem for the striker and it would appear time is running out for him to revive his career.

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