Butcher relishing United re-match

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda will not be joining

Blackpool or Hull City in January and is instead likely to make a

loan move to Spain or Germany.

The 21-year-old has made just three substitute appearances in

all competitions this season amid the strong attacking options from

which boss Sir Alex Ferguson can select.

United have preferred to use Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie,

Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez which has meant Macheda is

likely to leave on another temporary deal.

Blackpool and Hull have both been linked with the former

Sampdoria and Queens Park Rangers loanee but his agent has revealed

Germany or Spain are more likely destinations.

Macheda’s representative, Giovanni Bia, told claciomercato.it:

“Federico obviously wants to play more and also Manchester United

agree to let him go.

“Blackpool and Hull City? No, he definitely won’t go to one of

them. We’re talking with two or three clubs in Spain and German,

which I don’t want to name.”

The Highlanders had failed to win any of their first seven

Clydesdale Bank Premier League games and were languishing

second-bottom when Dundee United visited Tulloch Caledonian Stadium

at the end of September.

A shock 4-0 win for the home side, thanks to a first-half double

by skipper Richie Foran and goals after the break by Andrew Shinnie

and Philip Roberts, stopped the rot.

Inverness have since lost only one game in 16 and, as well as

climbing to second in the SPL behind Celtic, have booked a Scottish

Communities League Cup semi-final clash against Hearts and reached

the latter stages of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Butcher recalls the day when his side’s fortunes turned.

He said: “Dundee United started off the game pretty well and for

the first half an hour it was nip and tuck and then all of a sudden

Richie scored two goals that have us a good half-time lead and we

were able to build on that in the second half and run out 4-0


“We actually played well in the first seven games and had five

points but hadn’t had a win.

“We played well in some of those draws and were unlucky not to

get the first victory but when the first win did come against

United it certainly lifted everybody.

“It made everybody more confident, we had more belief and we

knew that we were on the right track.

“We had a couple of wins right away after that and we zoomed up

the table and we haven’t looked back since then.

“So it might have been the turning point, the spark that we

needed, but it was certainly welcome.

“It is nice to be able to play them again and it does whet the


Butcher, who has no fresh injuries following the win over the

Staggies, is looking to give his far-travelled fans more to cheer

about with another win.

The former Motherwell boss said: “I have a good relationship

with my away fans and I am looking forward to seeing them because

they are just phenomenal.

“They are so noisy and get behind the team.

“Man for man, I don’t think there is a noisier away crowd so we

are really pleased with the support we get from the away fans and

it has been nice to reward them with some good away victories and