|Birthdate:||05 Oct 1991|
|Reserve Goals scored:||0|
|Joined United:||09 Mar 2009|
Italian Davide Petrucci is a highly-rated midfielder, who joined from previous club Roma in July 2008.
Petrucci impressed during his time in the Italian capital and there was something of an outcry when he departed for Manchester to join fellow countryman and close pal Federico Macheda at United.
The playmaker made a promising start to his Reds career in 2008/09, both with his eye for spectacular goals and his impressive passing. He was part of the Academy side who lifted the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland in August 2008, and scored five goals in 14 appearances to help Paul McGuinness’ side finish second in the league behind
neighbours Manchester City.
Just when his rapid development seemed set to yield sustained involvement with the Reserves, injury restricted him to just one substitute appearance. Indeed, he was dogged by terrible luck with injuries, only really emerging trouble-free again during the pre-season in 2011.
Captaining Warren Joyce’s team in the second game of the season against Swansea, he regained his power to ally to his silken touch and poise in the midfield so big things are expected of him this term. Snapping into tackles and physical challenges, he added fresh edges to his game and earned a place in the travelling squad for the Premier League trip to Tottenham.
After declaring his desire to make the grade at Old Trafford, there are hopes that the Italian will be allowed the chance to prove his worth. By lifting both the Premier Reserves League title and Manchester Senior Cup, he has developed a thirst for silverware that should only prove beneficial in terms of spurring him on to bigger things.
Petrucci started finding the net regularly in 2011/2012 as well, contributing eight goals from 25 starts in the Reserves.