Former Manchester United forward Federico Macheda revealed Sir Alex Ferguson advised him against returning to Serie A on loan. ‘He was right’.
The 29-year-old was tipped a bright future after having made his debut at Manchester United in 2009, scoring crucial goals in the title battle with Liverpool.
Macheda recalled his difficult time on loan at Sampdoria in an interview with the Cronache di Spogliatoio, and the Panathinaikos striker revealed Ferguson advised him to stay in England at the time.
“I came from six good months with United and Ferguson told me not to go to Italy,” Macheda told Cronache di Spogliatoio.
“He advised me to go on loan in England, so he could keep an eye on me. I took it lightly: ‘Now I’m going on loan, prove my value and return here’.
“I chose to go home, to my country, and signed with Sampdoria. I refused any other destination.
“Then [Giampaolo] Pazzini was sold and all the expectations fell on me. A kid who, yes, came from United, but what did I know about responsibilities?
“I have never seen a 19-year-old save a club. The choice was wrong, Sir Alex was right.”