Man Utd news – Macheda set for Samp, Utd have 1st option for Shawcross, Vidic surprised to be top

Macheda set for Samp.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is set to complete a loan deal to join Italian side Sampdoria for the rest of the season.

The Italy Under 21 forward told Gazzetta dello Sport: “There are still a couple of faxes (to be sent) but sometime between Wednesday and Thursday I will be in Italy.”

Macheda has endured a difficult start to the season having slipped down United’s pecking order, but the player believes that leaving Old Trafford in search of first team football will help him become a better player.

“I need to play regularly and I think this is the best choice, but nobody has assured me a place. I’ll have to earn it.”

Vidic surprised to be top.

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has revealed that he doesn’t believe his team have performed well enough to be sitting top of the Premier League.

Despite remaining unbeaten this season, the Serbian international said: “If someone had predicted we would lose this many points I’d have said we would not win the league, that’s for sure.

“However Vidic did declare that he believed United have what it takes to win the league despite the increase in quality of the teams around them.

“This season is very strange indeed – if you’d told me five weeks ago Chelsea wouldn’t win for five or six games I wouldn’t have believed you.

“And that shows how strong and competitive it is in the Premier League.”

Utd have 1st option for Shawcross.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has dubbed Sir Alex Ferguson ‘very clever’ for ensuring Manchester United have first option to re-sign Ryan Shawcross.

The 23-year old joined Stoke in January 2008 and has been linked with a move away from the Brittania after a string of impressive performances.

“He’s got first shout on Ryan at any price we want to sell him, so he has been very clever,” said Pulis.

Meanwhile Ferguson has leapt to the defence of Stoke after Arsene Wenger’s criticism of their aggressive approach to the game.

“People have criticised their physical style of play but they stick to what they do best,” said Ferguson.

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