A goal but an even bigger snub for Federico Macheda at Manchester United?

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Federico Macheda scored for Manchester United's under-21 side last night, but its unlikely he will be celebrating.

Strikers love to score goals, and Federico Macheda did just that for Manchester United's under-21 side last night, netting in a 1-1 draw away to Southampton.

Good news then, for the striker? Not exactly.

The Italian has taken a step back by playing in the match, effectively being snubbed for Wednesday's upcoming Champions League dead rubber against Romanian side Cluj.

He has had a disappointing season, being overlooked in the League Cup, and not playing a single minute in the Premier League. But he did get a run out away to Galatasaray in the last Champions league fixture, playing the final 16 minutes; even if he touched the ball just eight times.

His presence for the under-21s last night means he won't be used against Cluj, a match he will have earmarked as one where he had a rare chance of getting important first team minutes.

If we were Macheda, we'd be banging down Ferguson's door after tonight to confirm he is available for selection against the Romanians. 

Two starts in three days is unlikely, but the Italian may be wise to try and convince his boss he is fit enough still to at least warrant a place on the bench.

The likelihood is though he will be unsuccessful if he tries. Ferguson wouldn't have allowed him to feature for the under-21s had he been part of his plans for tomorrow night.

Danny Welbeck will likely start along with Hernandez who was benched for the weekend's clash with Reading to ensure both are sharp ahead of the upcoming Manchester Derby if called upon. Don't forget Welbeck netted an excellent goal against City in the Cup last year at the Etihad.

So while Macheda will be pleased to have got his goal last night, in all likelihood he won't feel very happy. As probably his last realistic chance of first team action for United this year may just be about to pass him by.

With four elite strikers in front of him, and rumours over Robert Lewandowski arriving next summer, his prospects don't look good, and this would have been an ideal game to put him in the shop window for January whether it be on loan or permanently.

His glimmer of hope is that Ferguson will have seen his goal last night and been impressed enough to put him on the bench, but its more likely he has simply been snubbed again and will be watching either from the stands or on television tomorrow night.

Could Macheda play twice in three days or has he been snubbed again?

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