Manchester United youngster Federico Macheda believes that he needs to step up his game if he is to have a future at The Red Devils. The 20 year old Italian has been loaned out by manager Sir Alex Ferguson to Queens Park Rangers so that he could learn the game under manager Neil Warnock.

But with the sacking of Warnock and the arrival of Mark Hughes as new manager, Sir Alex’s plans seem to have gone astray. However, the Italy Under-21 international believes that it will not be a problem as Sparky, being a former Manchester United player having played under Sir Alex for 9 years, will know exactly the same as Sir Alex.

The youngster has endured a frustrating couple of years at Old Trafford after bursting onto the scene with the winning goal against Aston Villa in a 3-2 win in the dying minutes of the match, a game that went a long way in deciding the fate of the title that season. Macheda was sent out on loan to Italian club Sampdoria in January last season but he could not get enough games there and the club ended up being relegated.

This new loan spell at QPR comes as a fresh challenge for the Italian who needs to prove a point to the manager or face being sold, after falling in the pecking order behind the likes of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Dimitar Berbatov. However, he is confident that he can earn his place in the Manchester United lineup in the coming years and Federico Macheda has already set his eyes on winning several titles for United. Danny Welbeck is now a squad regular, and one of the players who will benefit most from United’s Betfair Europa League adventure.

But before all that can happen, the youngster, signed from Lazio needs to step up with his game and come to the fore more often if he wants a future at the Theatre of Dreams. After an impressive first game in a hooped shirt, you could be forgiven for sticking a bet on QPR avoiding relagation this season.