Manchester United striker Macheda to join Stuttgart on loan

Federico Macheda is joining Stuttgart. Photo: PA

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is joining Stuttgart on loan for the remainder of the season.

Macheda has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford after scoring a famous debut goal against Aston Villa as a 17-year-old that helped secure the Premier League title in 2009.

Loan spells at Sampdoria and QPR have both proved disappointing and now the Italian is looking to kick-start his career in Germany.

"I have followed the Bundesliga and naturally know about Stuttgart," Macheda told www.manutd.com.

"I am glad that I can now play for the club.

"For me, it is about getting to know the team and what I can bring because we have a lot of interesting games in three different competitions in front of us."