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Macheda: I Didn’t Even Get A Medal After Villa Goal

Manchester United went behind twice against Aston Villa towards the end of the 2009 season, with it looking as though we were prepared to concede the title to Liverpool, which would have made it 19-17 to them.

With half an hour left to play and at 2-1 down, Federico Macheda was subbed on for Nani. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late equaliser before Macheda scored a brilliant injury time winner. Old Trafford erupted and the 17-year-old Italian wrote his name in to our history books. In his next game he scored another important goal against Sunderland less than a minute after coming off the bench. Sadly, Macheda didn’t receive a winners medal for his troubles as he only played in four league games that season.

“You need 10 matches to qualify,” he grinned ruefully. “So I didn’t get one. But I don’t really care about the medal because I think people will always remember me for that title. The week before the boss came to me and told me there could be a chance for me to get on the bench if I did well in a reserve game. Can you imagine the excitement? Then I went and scored a hat-trick for the reserves. It was incredible really because for the first time I trained with the first team. Then everything just happened, a totally magnificent experience. When I came on the field I wasn’t concentrating on the crowd and the moment. I just told myself that it was my first game and that I was playing with big stars and I had to go on the field and just help them. I never thought at all that I would end up winning that game and then the next one. I still can’t believe it sometimes when I look back now.”

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  1. FletchTHEMAN says:

    He won us the league! He won us the league!
    That lad kiko! He won us the league!

    Must say every United fan has alot of time for Macheda. Just got bollouxed by injuries as have so so many of our youngsters. Will Keane being a current case in point.

    Right, Kiko Macheda hates Scousers!

  2. AlphaRS says:

    I was there that day. What a celebration when he scored that goal…!

  3. Tom says:

    Fergie fuckd him up with the signings of berba and Owen

  4. mara says:

    I think he didnt get a real chance. Young players need chances. You cant expect him to score every time he get s in. Feel sorry for him

  5. greenhoff77 says:

    @Tom……..sorry mate but thats such bollocks

    nobody fucked Macheda up

    and we needed more experienced pros and he didnt quite make the cut.

  6. Tom says:

    @green……..experience my ass…when berba came we had established strikers, and we’d already won the prem and champions league with roo ronny tevez and macheda as an emerging youngster, berba’s arrival the following season demoted tevez to the bench and stopped macheda getting into the team and the season after that tevez and was replaced by Owen, during those two season the boy played reserves football instead of continuing to develop as a first team player after that he started going out on loan and we all know what happened with that.

  7. Marq says:


    Macheda was not good enough wherever we sent him, as proven with all the clubs we loan him to not even using him. So it has nothing to do with Berbatov and Owen

  8. TheCANTONA says:

    What a load of bollocks, when we signed Berba in summer 2008 nobody knows Macheda, how could u say SAF fucked Macheda by signed berba? Also when we signed Owen that season 09/10 we only had 4 strikers Rooney, Berba, Owen & Macheda. If Macheda has improved so much he wouldnt find any trouble starting ahead an injury prone Owen, an off-form Berba that season.

  9. zigoo says:

    ronnie names his official website viva ronaldo after our chants

    love him!

  10. TheCANTONA says:

    We signed Berba bcoz SAF knew that CR7 would’ve gone next summer, tell me u want to see us sold Ronnie without sign any top replacement player??

  11. TheCANTONA says:

    Berba’s signing demoted Tevez to bench is a myth, Scott has already revealed that that argie cunt had played more minutes compare to Berba.

  12. Unitedforeva says:

    Love Macheda for his important goals for us, will never forget him.

  13. Tom says:

    @Marq…..I don’t agree with that bs, he scored goals at 17 and always scored goals for united whenever he played even on tour, the boy is not a fancy player or dribbler but he certainly scores goals, he scored at samdoria but the coach who brought him there was sacked and the next one didn’t give a look in and that’s not because he’s not good enough but that guy was a new coach and battling relegation so of course he won’t be playing around reserve players, the same thing at rangers with the sacking of the coach and all that, the reality is since his emergence he’s never really made no progress and that’s because he was not playing at the level required i.e. coming of the bench for united for like three seasons amassing experience and playing time

  14. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Tom Sorry but you need to sit down son. I am a Kiko fan as well. Most people who follow the reserves are. But, it’s not just United where Kiko can’t buy a minute …. or a goal. 0 goals for Stuttgart and 1 goal in over 600 minutes for Sampdoria in SerieA. Fact is, he doesn’t seem to get goals at senior level for anyone else either.

    As the lad said himself, he needs to find a team where he can get games and develop. Manchester United will do everything to get him a good club. If he comes back, then more power to him. But I won’t be holding my breath.

    The lad is quality, but at his age, he needs games. With Welbeck, Chicharito, Wayne, and Robin, you’d have to be daft to say you would swap in any one of them. I would rather see Kiko go to another club and give Will Keane a shot next year, but that is just me.

    Comparing Kiko with other 22+ yo strikers at United. he just isn’t going to get a game. Another great italian talent Giuseppe Rossi had more of a chance and he didn’t make it here either.

    Rossi 16 appearances 4 goals
    Macheda 36 appearances 5 goals

    Loved Kiko in the reserves where he scored every week. But just hasn’t stepped up.

  15. Heywood Red says:

    Sent out on loan, returned not making an impact. Always be thankful for the contribution he made in that
    Game, but he’s not that good. Rather have Berba and owen tbf. The youngsters that stay are the
    Ones that deserve too. Not been many have left us with egg on our face is there

  16. Tom says:

    Okay guys I admit it I was wrong berba was already there when he burst to the scene but there’s not changing my mind I strongly believe he would have had developed more playing with the first team instead of reserve then eventually going out on loan, on the other hand I also think he was a bit lazy and never had real hunger to succeed like welbz maybe doing what he did at 17 got him believing he’s made it and never pushed on

  17. wayne says:

    Let’s not forget at that point Macheda was ahead of Danny in the pecking order I think Danny might have been on loan, signing Berba and Owen didn’t stop Danny making his mark.Simple fact at Utd a player has to take his chances and for whatever reason whether it be lifestyle or injuries Macheda just didn’t deveolp.The lower leagues are full of lads who could never take the next step although in their teens looked pegged for stardom

  18. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Hilarious stuff here! Worth a 5 minutes at least!

    Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke vs Rooney Welbeck and Chicharito!


  19. dasilvatwins says:

    @fletch thanks for that video! was a right laugh, wayne got hit in the head twice, …luckily it didnt kill him :P

  20. kanchelskis says:

    The goal was a magical moment. But although he may look back on it fondly, it may have worked against him in terms of his career.

    I think it meant there was more patience afforded him by the fans and coaches than there would normally be for a United player. And also, having tasted in that moment what glory with United can feel like, he himself was probably more determined to stick around and see if he could make it.

    Yes, he’s been very unfortunate with loans and injuries, but I just wonder if he hadn’t scored that goal whether he’d have ‘started again’ at a different level by now, and progressed more in his career.

  21. FletchTHEMAN says:


    SPOT ON !

  22. Denton Davey says:

    kanchelskis @ 14:04: “The goal was a magical moment. But although he may look back on it fondly, it may have worked against him in terms of his career.”

    True, that. It seems to me that “his head was turned” by that early success .

    The comparison with DannyTheLad is interesting and pertinent. Welbeck scored a screamer – against Stoke ? – but he was a raw talent and he seems to have known that. Danny applied himself and is STILL not the finished product.

    KikoTheKid was a raw talent but he’s really never gotten any better. True, SAF has played him out of position but in a ultra-competitive squad like UTD’s, it’s important for fringe guys to continuously apply themselves to improving and smoothing out the rough edges. I’ve had the sense that Macheda has been on cruise control – he’s seemingly been satisfied to live off that fantastic goal rather than working hard to get more playing time and more fantastic goals.

  23. dasilvatwins says:

    fergie tends to play many people out of position and them bring them back in ( bar o shea) it seems to be one of his methods, he did it with fletcher playing out wide right, smalling and jones on the right wing wes brown was a natural centre back, i could go on and on, it benefits them in the long term and i think that is what he doing with welbeck , it improves overall play if you no the pitch better

  24. Bill Hick's Ghost says:

    Kiko was really unlucky, when you think about it. The quality he had ahead of him, was too much for the lad. Still, his goal against Villa will never be gotten. And lets not forget the goal vs Sunderland the following week. Not as spectacular, but every bit as important.

  25. King Eric says:

    Will always have a little soft spot for Kiko after THAT goal. A superb day at OT that was. Remember Ronnie fucking about rolling on floor playing injured till ball came to him and he was up like a shot and got the equaliser.

  26. King Eric says:

    Tom – Berba was already at United when Kiko got that winner.

  27. King Eric says:

    Tom – Apologies, you have already posted you realised Berba was already here.

  28. five says:

    He never quite delivered in the few cup games he got either I know it’s not much too hold against him but Welbeck usually scored when he played in the Carling Cup as far as I remember.

    best of luck to him, he’ll come good for somebody and I hope he’s back for us someday.

  29. Stretfordend ryda says:

    You need to take your chances and he never did, Diouf deserved more of a chance he was bagging 3 every week for the reserves and just look at him now at Hanover

  30. adeez says:

    I think people only remembers his two goals against villa and sunderland but there were games when he came on and performed really well too like when he set up chicharito’s goal against valencia a few years back that match honestly he was great. Plus in the game against liverpool where the almost turned the game around and scored two goals after berbatov put us two upfront with his brace and kiko coming on helped put pressure back on liverpool untill berba scored his third of the game to win it.

    Rewatch these games guys and you will see what im talking about hopefully

    thank u for reading

  31. Carlos Queiroz says:

    I’m getting a Macheda jersey but I’ll wait till next season. So it has the EPL Champions badge on it.

  32. Aruku steven says:

    macheda worth d best appraiser more encouragement…thnks you.


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