Mach speeds in for Rangers loan

The 20-year-old becomes Neil Warnock’s first signing of the January

transfer window and will wear the number 33 shirt at Loftus Road.

Macheda spent a similar stint with Sampdoria in Serie A last season

and hopes to gain valuable first-team experience during his time in

west London. “There is a lot of competition at Manchester United,

there are some very good strikers there,” Macheda told “But I am still young and I need to get more

experience in the Premier League. “I am here to train hard firstly

and then I hope to play a big part in the games.” Macheda is

eligible for Monday’s vital Premier League encounter with Norwich

and is looking forward to playing with his new team-mates. “I was

attracted by the challenge and by the players that QPR brought in

during the summer,” he said. “There are some very big players at

the club now and I am really looking forward to training and

playing with them. “I also know the fans are very, very passionate,

and this interested me also.” Macheda revealed Rio Ferdinand –

brother of Rs defender Anton – advised him to link up with Neil

Warnock’s side. “I spoke with Rio and he told me that QPR is a very

good club and that if I did come here it would be good for me and

would help me to develop as a player,” he said. “I am looking

forward to this challenge. “Now I want to work hard for the team

and for the fans.” The former Lazio striker came to the public’s

attention when he scored an injury-time winner on his Manchester

United debut against Aston Villa in April 2009. Macheda scored a

further four goals for United but his first-team chances have been

limited, which QPR manager Warnock believes makes the loan deal a

“great opportunity for both parties”. “Federico is not getting a

regular game at United quite obviously because of the quality of

the squad they’ve got,” he said. “Everybody in the league is in

envy of what Sir Alex has there, but what he is trying to do is get

Federico some game time in the Premier League. “I am sure he is

still a part of their future plans. “I believe this can really work

for us because he is positive and always in and around the box. He

can finish too. “He puts defenders under pressure, he’s a strong

lad and he’s got a yard of pace as well. “If we can get him the

ball in the right areas I am sure he can get us a few goals. “It’s

a great way for us to start the January transfer window. “I have

said all along that we want to get a couple of younger lads in and

that’s what we are going to do.”