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Macheda – Going against Fergie was “the worst decision of my life”

Sir Alex Ferguson, Federico Macheda
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Former Manchester United starlet Federico Macheda admits the worst decision he made in his life was going against Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice.

Italian center-forward Federico Macheda arrived at United in 2007. he came to the Red Devils from Lazio’s youth academy.

He was a prodigious 16-year-old, hat Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to secure for the future at United.

Macheda broke into the first team at 18, in 2009. He spent two years in and out fo the side, as he struggled to oust some of the big-name stars.

Si Alex suggested that he go out on loan. The player agreed but insisted on a destination of his choice.

In an interview with ESPN, he admits that was a big mistake.

He said:

“Fergie wanted me to go on loan; I could see that was sensible.”

“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.”

“He said he didn’t have the same power in Italy.”

“I insisted on Italy and that was the worst mistake of my life.”

“Sampdoria had been in the Champions League play-off that season; they had a good team.”

“But we went down the table and I started to get strong criticism, with people saying: ‘He’s come from Man United; who does he think he is?'”

“For the first time in my life, my confidence dropped. I began to ask myself: ‘Am I good enough?’ And I started to get injured.”

“I should have listened to Fergie.”

Macheda spent three years in and out of Old Trafford with various loans. He was eventually released by the club in 2014 and now plays in Greece with Panathinaikos.

He still holds a special place in United fan’s hearts after scoring some stunning and vital goals.