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Ex-United striker aims to reignite career at Bari


Federico Macheda

By Chris O'Brien
November 26 2016

Former Manchester United frontman Federico Macheda is hoping to lease new life into his career with Italian Serie B side Bari.  

Reports suggest the 25-year-old will face a trial with Apulia-based club, before they decide whether to sign the player on a permanent basis.

Bari currently sit mid-table in Serie B, and will be hoping that a successful move for Macheda could help propel the club into the promotion play-offs.

The towering Italian forward was tipped for a huge future at United, and made an incredible start to his Old Trafford career under Sir Alex Ferguson - curling home a jaw-dropping late winner against Aston Villa on his debut.

On his second outing, Macheda scored again, as a substitute against Sunderland. Though he ultimately scored 5 times for United, from 36 appearances for United - loan moves at Sampdoria, QPR and Stuttgart proved fruitless and goalless.

Following a better loan spell at Doncaster, and a prolific temporary stay at Birmingham, Macheda left United for Cardiff City, but struggled to win regular first-team honours for the Bluebirds, from whom he was briefly loaned to Nottingham Forest.

A free agent, Macheda will hope a return to his native Italy - where he started his career as a youngster with Lazio - will re-ignite his stuttering professional football career. His talent seems to far outweigh how his stock has fallen in recent times.

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