Former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has stated that the biggest mistake of his career has been to leave the club on loan to Sampdoria. He believes that the loan move has affected his career negatively.
He said that he was enjoying his football at Manchester United at that time and he was rated as an exciting talent for the future. However, his form will decline when he move to Italy and believes that he should have stayed in England instead. Indeed Federico Macheda will manage to score 2 goals in the first 2 games of his career at Manchester United but will fail to establish himself as an important player in the team.
He said that it was Sir Alex Ferguson that convinced him to go out on loan in order to get more playing time. The manager stated that this would allow him to improve and to come back with more experience. He thought that going to Sampdoria will allow him to become a better player and allow him to break into the first team but unfortunately for him, this does not work like this.
He ended up playing in a weak time, and he did not have enough playing time. He said that Sampdoria was relegated that year and it was a bad experience for him as a young player. He said that instead of progressing, he had some bad memories, and this has negatively affected his career.
He said that things became worst when he returned to Manchester United as he had to work harder in order to get a chance in the team. He believes that going to Sampdoria was the worst mistake he has ever made and that he will not encourage a young player to go on loan to Italy.