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Former Man Utd striker Rossi loving reunion with Old Trafford club

Rossi is training with Man Utd. Credit: PA

Giuseppe Rossi is back with the Manchester United family and looking to make up for lost time as the free agent steps up his search for a new club.

Raised in the United States and reared in United's academy, the Italy international is back in the north west sharpening his finishing and fitness after a period punctuated by injury problems.

Rossi came through the club's fabled youth system and became one of the continent's brightest strikers, leaving Old Trafford for Villarreal in 2007 before a string of serious knee injuries threw things off kilter - setbacks that have failed to dim his hunger and positivity.

A free agent since leaving Genoa in the summer, the 31-year-old last week hotfooted it from his New Jersey base to Carrington as soon as the invitation came in from former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to train with United's first team and aid his search for a new home.

"This just shows you how much of a family Manchester United is," Rossi told Press Association Sport. "They have always taken care of their players.

"It's a real privilege to have this opportunity and be given this opportunity. It feels really good.

"When I heard about this opportunity it just brought so much joy.

"It's great to be playing with these exceptional players that I've been training with. It's helping me stay fit and stay sharp because if you're not sharp they'll definitely be on you.

"I make sure that I'm doing the best I can to better myself but also to help the team do the right things in training."