Federico Macheda scored the winning goal for Italy U21 against England U21 this week and whilst he’s enjoying the weather in Italy whilst on loan with Sampdoria, he admits he’s missing Manchester United.

“I’m looking forward very much to getting back to Manchester United but not the English weather,” said Macheda. “You can get fish and chips there though and I like them. You can’t get them here. I was nearly 16 when I went to Manchester United and I do love it there. I’m almost English. My friends now say I speak better English than Italian. Of course I’m looking forward to going back. I’ve had a few injuries but I think things are getting better now.”
Macheda may be in a different country but he still feels connected to the club because of the manager.

“I think Sir Alex is looking out for me,” he continued. “I spoke to him three weeks ago on the phone and I spoke to him before I came here. He said: ‘If there’s anything you need, just call me.’ Because he’s still my coach. I still feel like I’m in his long-term plans, of course. My ambition is to be part of Manchester United because that’s where I want to go. I’ve been at Sampdoria for a month now and I’m really happy. Obviously it’s not like Manchester United – because Manchester United is a proper club – but I’m happy to be here and I want to do well, for myself and the team. I’ve got six months on loan and I hope to do well to get back there even stronger to show what I can do.”