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Former Man Utd starlet joins Panathinaikos in three-year deal

Panathinaikos have confirmed the signing of former Manchester United forward Federico Macheda on a three-year deal.

Macheda, 27, burst onto the scene with a late winner on his United debut against Aston Villa in the 2008-09 campaign, which would help the club go level with Liverpool on 18 Premier League titles. Sadly, little did the 17-year-old back then know his career would take a downward spiral.

Following loan spells at Sampdoria, Queens Park Rangers, Stuttgart, Doncaster and Birmingham, he joined Cardiff in 2014 before being loaned out to Nottingham Forest. All in all, he has simply been unable to settle anywhere he’s been.

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In 2017, he signed an 18-month contract with Serie B side Novara and stayed until the summer when his deal expired.

Panathinaikos have no involvement in European competition this season after finishing 11th in the Greek Super League last term. We wish Macheda the very best there and, hopefully, he can take the club back into a European tournament.

Although Marcus Rashford is miles ahead of Macheda, despite his tender age, Ian Wright has urged the United starlet to consider his future in order to blossom as a centre-forward. Leaving United didn’t exactly lead this Italian striker to greater things.

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