Manchester United have plenty of young talents in their ranks but one who is constantly the talk of the message boards is Italian midfield playmaker Davide Petrucci. The former Roma player caused a mini fuss when he decided to switch the Italian capital for Manchester and despite flashes of brilliance he has also struggled with a number of injuries during his time in the UK.
Therefore at the age of 21-years-old he has yet to make a senior appearance for United in his give years at the club; despite impressing in various pre-season matches and tours.
So Sir Alex Ferguson decided to do his son Darren a favour when he allowed him the temporary services of both Scott Wootton and Petrucci at Peterborough. The Posh currently find themselves in a relegation battle in the Championship but these loan signings - along with a similar deal for Tottenham’s NextGen star Alex Pritchard - could prove vital in their fight for survival.
This weekend Petrucci had his biggest impact at London Road so far as Peterborough pulled off a shock 2-1 win over promotion chasing Leicester City. A late goal from Grant McCann completed the win but it was a superb half-volley from the Italian that got them back into the game in the second half.
He has struggled so far with the physical aspects of football at this level but he demonstrated his innate ability with a magnificent strike to beat Kasper Schmeichel in the Foxes goal.
After the game he described the moment:
“I have worked hard on my game and my fitness and today I felt more at home. I enjoyed the game. And the goal? Well that was one of the best feelings I have ever experienced in my life. I knew when I hit it that it was going into the back of the net. I was so happy at that moment and even happier when we scored a winning goal as well.’’
And here is the goal in question. While the quality of the video is perhaps not top drawer you get the gist of what he achieved…
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