Macheda was a key member of a gifted youth team at Old Trafford before he broke into the Red Devils' first team, but he expected much more from one former teammate.
Apax Partners, Three Hills Capital Partners, Carlyle Group and Searchlight Capital have approached Serie A expressing interest in investing in the media business of Italy's top flight soccer league, three sources close to the matter said on Wednesday. The approach by the four private equity firms comes after Serie A last year failed to reach a media rights deal worth 1.7 billion euros ($1.7 billion) with a group of funds led by CVC Capital Partners due to opposition from some of its clubs, including Juventus and Lazio.
Injury costs surpassed the half a billion pound mark for the first time last season.
The Italian giants are facing financial issues that are likely to lead to player exits, but only if the right offers come in either in January or next summer.