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Macheda Still Living The Dream

After coming on as a sub against Aston Villa last weekend, when United were 2-1 down, nobody could have predicted our 17-year-old was about to go on to score an injury time winner.

When he came on with 15 minutes today, it was hard to imagine he would be able to pull off the same feat, given United were drawing at the time and Sunderland were defending well.

Yet within moments of coming on to the pitch, the ball was in the back of the net and Macheda was celebrating.

For any player to score two goals in their first two games would be impressive. When you consider he’s just 17-years-old, both appearances were as subs and both goals scored were winners, it’s bloody fantastic!

Go on, son!

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  1. costas says:

    Well done Macheda.He might play a huge role in the title race but he won’t be able to even get a medal.Right now we could have been potentially level with Liverpool and with them having the much better goal difference.6 wins in 7 is all we need but to be fair,it’s not too realistic at the moment.One reason is the way we are playing.An other is the fact that in May are fixtures are fucked,plain and simple.But here’s where the good news come.We have 2 home games next and Liverpool host Arsenal and go to Hull.2 draws is a dream scenario.It will mean that we could potentially be 8 points clear from them with 4 games to go.That would certainly put a big dent on Liverpool’s title challenge before a ball was kicked in May.

  2. Kings says:

    Costas – I would massively welcome an Arsenal win at Liverpool mate, seeing as they are too far behind us.

  3. arsene wenger says:

    a real good young lad,hopefully he will have that spud berbatovs sweating for a place lol

  4. North Stand Tier 2 says:

    Costas, your totally right. It would be a massive psychological blow to the scousers too. After seeing us perform really badly through April, and them playing the best they have all season, if we can go 3 wins clear by May i think the title would be more or less wrapped up. Still, a couple of tough games and we need to pull our finger out. The tempo is all wrong at the minute, midfield looks lost, and defenders aren’t challenging the ball or dominating in the air. We get those two things right and I’m confident we will go retain the league.

  5. Anon says:

    Arsenal playing some amazing football at the moment. So are the Scousers, but Arsenal just have that extra something, while Liverpool don’t have S.Me. An Arsenal win is never off the table!!!
    How about a 0-1 with Silvestre scoring?

  6. Kings says:

    Anon, that would be superb, after all, he’s scored 2 goals against them in the past.

  7. Macheda is GOD says:


  8. costas says:

    @Kings i will also love an Arsenal victory at Anfield.I try to look at it realistically though.Liverpool play this Tuesday right?They don’t play again until the Arsenal game in 7 days.Arsenal host Villarreal on Wednesday and play Chelsea on Saturday and will only have 3 days to prepare for Liverpool.That’s why a draw will do just as well.Hopefully,Villa will win this weekend giving them a motivation for the Liverpool game.

  9. Anon says:

    Costas, Villa winning won’t motivate Arsenal much mate! A win would do just fine. Them drawing against Cheksea and then the adrenalin taking them through successfully at Anfield is not out of the question IMO.

  10. Aero-4-Villa says:

    im oozing with jealousy!!! LoL.He looks really special.

    Well done United scouts for robbing him from Lazio, you sneaky thieves! LoL. just messing!

    After all them years chasing Totti it looks like United found one right on their door-step!!!

  11. costas says:

    Hope you are right Anon.But until the early May fixtures,the Scousers will have the pressure on them and it will be a good chance to open up the lead a bit.Who knows?Maybe Shearer will cause them some damage as well.

  12. Firestarter says:

    The lad is oozing with confidence shown by the way he was itching to run at the defenders with the ball, kept calling for the ball.

    Since Rooney, have not seen a 17 year old play with such confidence but still a long way to go for him. Hope he trusts the people around him because he is at the right club.

  13. Giles Oakley says:

    Like Howlin’ Wolf, ‘I aint superstitious’, but … it really bothers me when people start saying what results they want or, worse, predict. You never get the results you need that way, it just jinxes you. United just need to take it calmly, game by game, and let others worry about their own results. And worry about Macheda. Sometimes you get some totally unpredicted factor like him that wins trophies. His energy and movement and awareness of goal is wonderful to see in someone so young.

  14. Macheda is GOD says:

    His first 2 games have given us 6 Points.lovely.

  15. CorneyMUFC says:

    Macheda is GOD u r spot on. It is as simple as that. 2 goals= 6 points

  16. King Eric says:

    Costas – Would not worry too much about the fixtures mate. Sir Alex said at his press conference yesterday that games on a Saturday then a Wednesday is ideal and more than enough time to prepare. When do we play Pompey, is it a week on Wednesday?

  17. costas says:

    Yes King Eric.I think Pompey are a week from Wednesday.It’s on the 22nd of April.I worry for the fixture schedule because it’s not objective.Especially that thing they did with City,Wigan and Arsenal all within 6 days.That’s why i really hope we get some distance from the scousers by the end of the month.Maybe Manuchoi might help!

  18. Xyth says:

    Well done to young lad to get out of jail yet again.

    Rather than relying on others to finish the Scousers off, I hope that we do othe job ourselves. We should be able to win all remaining home matches plus at least one away one.

  19. jcolas says:

    Costas! …. I love optimistic like me! United!

  20. costas says:

    This forum has helped make me optimistic.Usually i am very negative.United!

  21. Giles Oakley says:

    I just watched the Gabby Logan BBC interview with Giggsy and Gary Nev, a real treat. Apart from the laughs it brought home just how important age and experience is at this level. They paid tribute to the older players in the 95/96 ‘can’t do anything with kids’ season. They now have the same responsibility this season, and one of the great things about the eruption of Macheda is to see him on the same pitch with Giggs and Neville, like the baton being passed on. Even more important, Neville, who hadn’t in truth played well, still managed to get forward and supply the initial cross which eventually led to the winner against Villa. And guess who threaded through the inch-perfect , beautifully-weighted pass for Macheda to spin onto? That old man Giggsy of course, showing all the calm and control under pressure developed in the last 18-odd years.I’m glad he was on the bench against Sunderland because I think we can assume he’ll be on from the start against Porto. I can’t wait!!


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