• Macheda makes comment while on Italy Under-21 duty
• 'Rooney is a great person, but he's a bit of a chav'
"Rooney is a really great person, he always gives me advice, but he's a bit of a coatto," Macheda told the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.
Coatto is a Roman slang term that is translated by online dictionary wordreference.com as "young urban working class person with vulgar and sometimes violent behaviour", but understood in the same way a "chav" would be in English.
Macheda also played down reports that he is considering a move to Lazio, saying he was keen to succeed with United. "I want to grow at Manchester, when I am older I can make decisions about what to do next," he said. "I am told that Ferguson has called me 'unsellable'. That is a very satisfying thing to hear.
"I feel more of an English footballer now, and now I speak the language with an accent that is more English than Roman. The rumours about Lazio please me, but I don't believe I'll go."
His Italy Under-21 team-mate, Vito Mannone, however, suggested that he might look to leave Arsenal if he wasn't given more first-team opportunities in the near future.
"Last year I played nine matches and Arsenal never lost with me in the team," he told Gazzetta. "They tried again with Almunia, then against Chelsea it was [Lukasz] Fabianski. It hurts not to be playing, especially when the other two aren't doing brilliantly."
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney a big loser in football rich list
• Player's value falls from £37m to £25m
• Forward now behind Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs
Wayne Rooney's value has fallen by £12m according to the latest football rich list. The Manchester United striker has slumped from 65th to 89th in the main list and from third to sixth in the players' rankings.The forward's earnings fell from £37m to £25m and follow the decision by Coca Cola to stop using the player to promote Coke Zero. The company said it "did not feel it was appropriate" to use Rooney following recent allegations about his private life.
The 24-year-old is now behind Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell and Ryan Giggs, according to the survey by Fourfourtwo.com, which commissioned the survey, while David Beckham remains top of the list despite his value dropping by a fifth from £125m to £100m.
Manchester City's Sheikh Mansour tops the list as richest club owner (£20bn), up £3bn from last year, with the England head coach, Fabio Capello valued as the richest manager (£36m), ahead of the Ipswich manager, Roy Keane, (£28m).
1) David Beckham – £100m LA Galaxy (last year: £125m, 1st)
2) Michael Owen – £40m Manchester United (last year £38m, 2nd)
3) Rio Ferdinand – £34m Manchester United (last year £30m, 4th)
4) Sol Campbell – £31m Newcastle (re-entry)
5) Ryan Giggs – £27m Manchester United (last year £24m, 5th)
Managers1) Fabio Capello – £36m England (last year £30m)
2) Roy Keane £28m – Ipswich (last year £27m)
3) Sir Alex Ferguson – £26m Manchester United (last year £22m)
4) Carlo Ancelotti – £21m Chelsea (last year £17m)
5) Arsène Wenger – £17m Arsenal (last year £15m)
Owners1) Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayan – £20bn Manchester City (last year £17bn, 2nd)
2) Lakshmi Mittal and family – £17bn (last year £18.4bn, 1st)
3) Alisher Usmanov – £8bn Arsenal (last year £1.3bn, 9th)
4) Roman Abramovich – £7.4bn Chelsea (last year £7.8bn, 3rd)
5) The Liebherr Family – £3bn Southampton