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Macheda set for United exit

Federico Macheda's agent has called on Manchester United to "let him leave in January" if he cannot force his way into the first-team reckoning.

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The Italian striker, 21, is way down the pecking order at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez all blocking his route into Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up.

Disappointing loan spells at QPR and Sampdoria haven't helped either, and now Macheda is keen to explore options away from United. Giovanni Bia told ItalSportPress: "How can he be decisive for the team if he never plays?

"Manchester United have some phenomenal players in attack, so it is truly difficult for Federico to find space. It's not true what they write in the English papers that he's going through a bad spell. He wants to play and if he cannot do so by January then we'll try to find an alternative solution.

"I will talk to Sir Alex Ferguson over the next few days. Federico was requested by German and Spanish teams over the summer but the English club preferred to keep hold of him. I hope they understand the situation and let him leave in January, because it makes no sense to keep a 21-year-old on the bench."

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