Macheda targeting first team action

"I am ready and I hope that the manager will choose me for more games. I think this could be my year," the Italian youngster said after scoring twice in a 5-2 pre-season win over Major League Soccer's All Stars on Wednesday.

The Rome-born forward, who turns 19 next month, made an instant impact on his debut in April 2009 with a vital winner against Aston Villa but his progress was hampered last season by injury.

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