Federico Macheda reveals surprise phone call he received from Sir Alex Ferguson

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It's been well over seven years since Federico Macheda broke onto the scene at Manchester United, scoring 'that' sensational 90th-minute winner to beat Aston Villa 3-2.

In all fairness, it's probably still giving Villa fans nightmares - the day that a Red Devils youth team graduate scored a screamer on his debut.

Nonetheless, it was a fabulous day for the 17-year-old old Italian who, no doubt, probably thought he had made it at United after that goal.

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The striker scored again, just six days later, with another late strike enough to sink Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, with the scores at 1-1 prior to his goal.

Sir Alex Ferguson invested his trust in youth throughout his reign at Old Trafford, and, at the time, it appeared that the Scotsman's faith in his young players was going to be repaid.

Liverpool would have won the Premier League on goal difference in 2008/09 had Macheda's crucial late goals not turned draws into wins for United.

Macheda crushed Liverpool dreams

The Red Devils, in the end, won the league by four points, with 90, as their rivals Liverpool had to settle for second.

You can completely understand why everyone associated with United was fanatical about the young Italian at the time; based on his sensational breakthrough into the first team and how important his goals proved to be.

Sadly, however, his Manchester United career did not last, and scored just four Premier League goals in all, for the Red Devils, heading out on loan to five different clubs before signing for Cardiff City on a permanent basis in 2014.

He now finds himself in the Italy's Serie B, with Novara, far away from his dreams that were well and truly alive just a number of years earlier.

Not forgotten

It would be fair to think Macheda is long forgotten, as far as Ferguson's concerned, who is now enjoying his retirement after a trophy-laden career at Old Trafford.

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However, think again, as Macheda recently revealed that his former United boss phoned him recently, checking on his wellbeing.

"Sir Alex is a great person and has taught me so much. He called me three weeks ago to see how I was and how my career is going." said Macheda.

It's well documented that Ferguson has fostered a close relationship with some of his former players, even though the Scot no longer remains in management.

United's former manager has truly proved how much of a legend he really is.

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