Federico Macheda joins Stuttgart on loan from Manchester United

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has joined Stuttgart on loan until the end of the season after struggling to secure a first-team spot.

Macheda, 21, has not made a Premier League appearance since finishing last season on loan at Queens Park Rangers.

The Italian, who scored winning goals against Aston Villa and Sunderland in the 2008-09 season, could make his debut against Bayern Munich on Sunday.

"I'm delighted to be able to play for them," said Macheda.