Macheda calls Rooney ‘a bit crass’

Federico Macheda has had a lighthearted dig at fellow Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, calling him "a really good person" but "a bit crass."

In an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday, Macheda said Rooney always "gives me advice."

But the 19-year-old Macheda also said his teammate is a bit of a "coatto," a Roman slang word used to describe someone who is working class and vulgar.

Rooney has endured a rocky few months on and off the pitch. The England striker struggled at the World Cup and recently conceded that rumors about his private life may have contributed to his poor form this season.

The 24-year-old, who scored 34 goals last term, has netted only one – a penalty – in five games for Manchester United so far this season.

Despite Rooney’s form, Macheda is still being used mainly as a substitute by United manager Alex Ferguson, but the Italy under-21 international denied reports that he could return to former club Lazio, which tops the Serie A table.

"I want to grow in Manchester and when I’m ready I can make those choices," Macheda said.