Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has joined Queens Park Rangers on loan in order to develop his game.
Macheda, who is somewhat infamous for his injury-time winner on his Manchester United debut against Aston Villa, has played in just three Premier League games in 2011-12.
The Italian is hopeful that his move to Loftus Road will allow him more first-team opportunities, and a chance to revive his career.
“When I had my debut it was great but then I did not have the chance to play every game,” said Macheda.
“When I got on the pitch, I tried to do my best and it wasn’t easy.
“I was only 17 then and I knew I could not play in every game. It has been difficult, but I don’t want to think about the past.
“Now I am here and I want to do very well here. I had a tough time. I didn’t get on the pitch many times but it is a good experience.
“You have everything to learn about bad things as well so I take it as an experience and of course I need to step up to become a real player.
“Now I am young and I need to step up to become a big player. That is what I am looking for.”
Many Manchester United academy graduates have broken into Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team, with Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck the most recent cases.
Obviously, Macheda wants to do the same.
“I hope to do the same as them because they had loan spells for one year and it worked well for them,” he continued.
“I hope it will do for me as well.
“When I spoke to [Ferguson] about going on loan he agreed with me. I am 20 years old and I need to get more playing time.
“It is not easy here but there is a bit more chance to play here than at United. He agreed with me and we did this choice, but I don’t know about my future.
“My future is not important now. The important thing now is QPR for me and I am looking forward to doing well here. Then we will see and talk about my future.”
When asked whether he was afraid that QPR would be relegated from the top-flight like Sampdoria, where Macheda was on loan last season, he said: “No, no, no, I don’t worry.”
“I couldn’t help them stay in Serie A because the problem was another thing. The team did not work well and there was another situation different to here.
“In Italy everything is difficult and I never really played as well.”
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