Federico Macheda, who scored Manchester United’s first goal in their 2-0 win over a Malaysian XI, has claimed that he has a lot to learn from Michael Owen and is grateful to the manager for him giving him a chance at playing first team football.

“Yeh I enjoyed the game,” said Macheda. “It was great and we played very well. This was the game of our opponents’ life so they wanted to show a lot. It was very hot. Too hot! And you get tired very soon.”

Ferguson was impressed with how Macheda linked up with Owen, who has been his strike partner on the tour so far.

“Yeh of course I’m learning from Owen,” he added. “I have to learn from him because he’s one of the best. It’s very important and he helps me get better every day.”

When interviewed after the match, Sir Alex Ferguson said Macheda was now included in his group of first choice strikers, alongside Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen, something Kiko was pleased to hear.

“I don’t even know what to say,” he responded. “I have to thank the manager because without him, I wouldn’t be in the first team. I have to work hard to make sure I get more chances.”