Macheda signs for Cardiff

Last updated : 28 May 2014 By Michael Morris

C:WindowsTempphpF4BF.tmpManchester Utd striker Federico Macheda has signed a three year deal with Cardiff City.

He will start work for the Bluebirds on July 1st when his contract expires at Old Trafford.

Still just 22 now the Italian broke into the Utd first team when he was just 17 scoring on his debut in a 3 - 2 win over Aston Villa. Macheda netted the winner in the 90th minute and a week later scored the winner again as United won 2 - 1 at Sunderland.

Macheda said: “I’m only 22 and people forget I’m still very young. When I broke into the first team I was a baby.

“Being at United is great but if you don’t play it’s better if you go somewhere else where you can play every game and have a career.”

He has had several loan spells including two in the Championship last season. The first half of the season was at Doncaster where he scored three goals in 15 appearances but he was back in form in the second half of the season when he managed 10 goals in 18 appearances for Birmingham as they avoided relegation to League 1.

“It’s a massive opportunity for me and it is with thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that I am here." Macheda said last night

“He played a big part of my decision and I’m really looking forward to starting this season.”

Macheda is Solskjaer's third confirmed signing after the arrival of striker Javi Guerra from Valladolid and midfielder Guido Burgstaller from Rapid Vienna.