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United Striker Joins Stuttgart On Loan Following Zaha Move

Federico Macheda will have first-team opportunities limited following Zaha's arrival.

Federico Macheda will have first-team opportunities limited following Zaha’s arrival.

Federico Macheda has joined German Bundesliga outfit VFB Stuttgart on-loan.

The 21-year-old has only made three substitute appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side this season and will have his opportunities limited even more now United have secured the services of Wilfred Zaha from the summer onwards. Zaha plays primarily as a winger but can play upfront.

“I have followed the Bundesliga and VfB Stuttgart, so I am glad that I can now play for the club,” Macheda told reporters.

“Now I must get to know my new teammates, because we still have many interesting games in the three tournaments this season.”

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Zaha has expressed his excitement at joining Manchester United.

“I am delighted to be joining Manchester United,” said Zaha. “I would like to thank the owners at Palace for making the move possible; however, my focus for the next five months will be solely on Crystal Palace. I have been at Palace for more than ten years, I will always love the club and I want to help get them get back into the Premier League, particularly for the fans who have always been so good to me.”

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish added: “This a great deal for the club and the player. We would like to thank Wilf for all he has done for the club and we all wish him well when he joins Manchester United in the summer. It was essential to Wilf and ourselves that he stayed at Palace for the remainder of this season to help the club with its main aim of promotion to the Premier League.”

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