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...
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...
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...
Free agent Giorgos Katidis hopes his move to Serie B side Novara will represent a new beginning in his career.
In spite of the controversy his salute caused, Novara have offered him a route back into the professional game and the midfielder is willing to seize his chance.