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 By Ben Gladwell

Federico Macheda: I will never be able to thank Sir Alex Ferguson enough

Federico Macheda and his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Former Manchester United forward Federico Macheda has told La Gazzetta dello Sport he will always be grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson after finding form again with Serie B club Novara.

Macheda, 25, joined Novara in December -- a move that had Ferguson's backing -- after being released by Cardiff City last summer and then training with Watford.

He returned to the headlines after scoring twice in a 3-2 win over third-placed Frosinone at the weekend.

And speaking nine years after making his United debut...

Nine clubs, eight years, one memorable goal: Federico Macheda's story so far

NOVARA, Italy -- The black Range Rover, with British number plates and a baby seat in the back, swings into a car park in the centre of Novara, a town of 105,000 in the shadow of the snow-capped Alps. The car belongs to Federico Macheda, centre-forward for the town's second-tier football team.

It has been eight years since Macheda was responsible for one of the most dramatic moments in Manchester United history, a late winner on his debut as a 17-year-old. While he's made a good living as a professional...

 By PA Sport

Coppa Italia: Cesena knock out Empoli while Torino and Chievo advance

Empoli walk off the pitch after losing to Cesena in extra time.

Serie B strugglers Cesena stunned Empoli to reach the last-16 of the Coppa Italia following a 2-1 extra-time victory at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.

Substitute Giuseppe Panico opened the scoring for the visitors just one minute after coming on with a header from Mattia Vitale's left-wing cross following a great passing move from the second-tier side.

Former Italy striker Alberto Gilardino levelled for the top-flight hosts to take it into extra time with a deft lob over on-coming goalkeeper Michael...