Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Club Should Work to Keep Federico Macheda

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2013

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 25:  Federico Macheda of Manchester United controls the ball during the Friendly Match between Shanghai Shenhua and Manchester United at Shanghai Stadium on July 25, 2012 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
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While Manchester United work to acquire top talent from other clubs, it is important not to allow their own players to leave Old Trafford.

This is something that is set to happen as Federico Macheda prepares to make one more move away from the club, according to James Orr of the Independent:

It appears Federico Macheda’s career with Manchester United is over, with the Italian close to agreeing a season-long loan with Doncaster Rovers in the final year of his contract with the Premier League champions. His agent, Giovanni Bia, confirmed last week that his client will leave on a free next summer when his current deal expires.

Macheda has been loaned out a number of times in his young career. He spent a season with the Queens Park Rangers and most recently made 14 appearances for VfB Stuttgart in Bundesliga.

The unlikelihood that he gets much playing time this year for the Red Devils makes it smart that he would be loaned out once again. With Doncaster, he can gain confidence by succeeding against weaker competition in a second-tier league while finally getting regular starts.

However, the fact that he is in his final year with United means that he is unlikely to return at the end of the season. This would be a mistake for the club to simply let him go.

Despite his struggles, there is one fact that must be remembered in this situation: He is only 21 years old.

While there are some standouts, few players in any league would have the ability to hold down a regular spot on the first team at this young age. It is not surprising that he would fail to start over the quality forwards on Manchester United.

However, his pure skill and instincts have been on display when he has gotten onto the pitch. As he matures both physically and emotionally, this will lead to more production as he looks to succeed at the highest levels of the sport.

When that happens, United will need a player of his caliber. As good as Robin van Persie has been over the past couple of seasons, he is already 30 years old and is bound to start declining over the next few years.

Few players in history have been able to continue scoring at a high rate deep into their 30s.

The club also has to answer questions about the future of not only Wayne Rooney, but Shinji Kagawa as well, as noted by Musa Okwonga of ESPN. These are two established players who could end up being wasted in a smaller role this season, which could lead to the exit of one or both of them.

Even Javier Hernandez could be on his way out as he looks for more opportunities elsewhere, according to John Cross of Mirror Football.

This leaves few long-term options for United on the front line. Macheda could be one of the options if he is signed to an extension to stay with the club.

Sending the young forward on a loan this season is still a great way to help him develop. However, the club must make sure it does not allow him to go somewhere else on the open market next season.

Otherwise, this will be something Manchester United regrets for years to come.


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