Originally Posted by domzi
With regards to Macheda, I believe in the adage of: "If you're good enough, you're old enough". SAF's man management skills are unquestionable in my opinion and I'm confident that he'll know when Macheda is ready and if he has the right mentality to play at the top level for us at his age.
But that adage only represents their talent here and now, it doesn't account for potential burnout down the line. Arguably, that exact thing happened to Giggs; he was explosive when he appeared on the scene, but his mid-to-late twenties were marred by repeated injuries and severe inconsistensy. It's only when he reached his thirties that he started getting back to his best.
I think a major reason for that is that he was brought into the fold too early. And so whilst it might be said it wasn't "too early" from the perspective of his skill (he slotted straight in and was brilliant, after all), it was
"too early" from the perspective of his future.