Federico Macheda was thrust onto the scene last year against Aston Villa as a late substitute by Sir Alex Ferguson in hopes of rescuing three points.
United and Villa were tied 2-2 late in stoppage time when suddenly Macheda turned on a defender off of a Ryan Giggs pass and sent a powerful curling shot past Brad Friedel into the back of the net.
Old Trafford went wild.
The week after that match, Macheda was thrust into a match against Sunderland to save another 3 points for Manchester United. He scored late again and saved a valuable three points.
Macheda has been known for his striker instincts and prowess. Scoring late has become a specialty for him; he even scored another late goal after being brought on as a sub against Chelsea this past weekend, although this time, the goal wasn't enough to salvage any points.
Because of these late goals, Macheda has drawn many comparisons to Ole Gunner Solskjær, a striker on the 1999 Manchester United squad who was known for being a super sub and scoring late goals.
Sir Alex Ferguson plans to use Macheda at some point in the game against Bayern this Wednesday, and this is Macheda's best chance to prove his worthnot that he really has anything to prove Fergie already rates the youngster very highly.
Macheda's late goals have provided Manchester United with many lifelines in the past. Bayern will be one of his greatest tests. If he can score again and help United to the next round, we may very well be looking at the next Ole Gunner Solskjær, and maybe a future legend.
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