Elche sign Federico Macheda on loan

He was once the next big thing at Old Trafford, where he looked like becoming another of the talented academy products to graduate under Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure, only for his career to peak in his younger days, and news breaking this morning of his loan move to Spanish Segunda side Elche until the end of the season.

At 21, he is still young and has the talents to at least succeed at the top level across Europe, although whenever his name is mentioned, we all can only remember one found memory. It was him coming on as a substitute with 10 minutes to go in 2009, as his elegant turn on his debut for Manchester United  allowed him to curl a beautiful stoppage time winner to earn Manchester United a 3-2 victory at home to Aston Villa.

He has only made 19 appearances for The Red Devils since joining from Serie A side Lazio in 2007. He has made loan moves to Sampdoria, and more recently Queens Park Rangers, though has played the majority of his career in the reserve side.

He moves on a season long loan to Elche, who look in a decent position to win promotion to La Liga, currently sitting in 1st place in the Spanish second division.