The Wonder Kid Strikes Again for Manchester United

Shaunte ReneeContributor IApril 11, 2009

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Federico Macheda of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at The Stadium of Light on April 11, 2009 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Oops, I did it again.

It's a popular Britney Spears hit from before she went crazy and those words describe exactly what the super-sub Macheda must be thinking. Except for the "oops" part.

The 17 year old is living a dream he doesn't want to wake up from and for good reason.

Kiko Macheda was called off the bench into the game in the 75th minute for Dimitar Berbatov, and not even a minute had passed before he was celebrating another goal and put the pressure back onto Liverpool, and Chelsea.

It wasn't as spectacular as the miracle goal against Aston Villa, but it still felt so sweet and it couldn't have come at a better time. Sunderland had equalised and United had to respond.

Respond they did, by bringing on Kiko instead of an experienced vet like Giggs, Sir Alex put his faith in the towering 17 year old Italian and he proved he could be counted on.

Redirecting a shot by Michael Carrick into the bottom right corner of the Sunderland goal.

United go top of the League with 71 points, one ahead of Liverpool with a game in hand.

Now United will have three days to get ready for their Champions League clash with Porto.

Having rested the likes of Giggs, Ronaldo for majority of the game and possibly getting Rio Ferdinand back just in time, the Red Devils hope things can only get better for them.

They need to put in a good performance in the CL clash and come out with a much needed win to move on to the semi-finals, but just in case things get tight, Sir Alex will have the wonder kid to call upon and you know he would relish the opportunity.