Macheda eyes United stay

Italian striker looking to make Old Trafford breakthrough

Macheda: Confirms he wants to stay with Manchester United

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Italian youngster Federico Macheda insists he is not looking to leave Manchester United.

The 19-year-old finished last season on loan at Sampdoria as he went in search of first-team football.

The short-term move proved unsuccessful as he failed to score in 13 appearances, while Samp were relegated from Serie A.

However, Macheda believes he learned from the experience and spending time away from the club has made him appreciate the confines of Old Trafford much more.

The teenager is now looking to get his head down in pre-season training and work even harder at breaking into Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team.

Macheda proved his credentials with a double in the Red Devils' 4-1 success over New England Revolution on Wednesday night and is glad to be back.

Happy

"I am very happy because I had a difficult six months," said Macheda. "I couldn't wait to get back here from Italy, even though it is my own country.

"There is a different mentality in Italy. They don't see young players like they do in England. They don't tend to choose them, especially when things are not going well.

"You learn a lot from bad experiences. I grew up as a man. I have another mentality now.

"When you leave Manchester United, go somewhere else and come back, you realise how different it all is.

"It is better to work really hard and I hope to stay here."