American born but an Italy U-21 international, Giuseppe Rossi is one of the most highly rated youngesters to emerge at Old Trafford in recent years.
Giuseppe was brought up in Clifton, New Jersey, in the USA until the age of 15 when he was offered a place in the youth team at Italian side Parma.
He moved to Italy with his parents but the move was short-lived. With Parma struggling financially and failing to sign Rossi on a professional deal Manchester
United swooped to sign the youngster, paying £200,000 in compensation.
Rossi spent the majority of his first season at the club playing for the Reserve side but like many youngsters before him, was given his first-team chance in the
Carling Cup. He made his debut as a late substitute in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the age of 17 years old. He also featured again in the next round in a 1-0
win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.
That was the extent of Rossi’s first-team action in the 2004/2005 season but his involvement increased the following season. He impressed manager Sir Alex Ferguson
with his performances during pre-season and played in the Champions League qualifier 3-0 win over Debreceni VSC at Old Trafford. His next game produced his first goal
for the club, scoring in the 87th minute of a 3-1 win over Sunderland.
He went on to score another three goals that season, one in a Carling Cup win over Barnet and the other two in the 5-0 FA Cup 3rd round replay over Burton Albion.
His impressive performances resulted in a call-up to the Italian U-21 squad, making his debut in August 2006 in the 0-0 draw against Croatia U-21s.
With Ferguson determined that Rossi gained some experience before he was used more regularly at Old Trafford, he was sent out on a five-month loan deal until January,
with a view to extending the deal to the end of the season if successful. Despite impressing on his debut it proved to be a frustrating spell in the North East for Rossi
making just 13 appearances and scoring once, in the Carling Cup victory over Portsmouth at St James’ Park.
In January, Rossi returned to Old Trafford. Ferguson decided against either extending the loan at Newcastle after being left frustrated at Roeder’s reluctance to use the
youngster more often despite a number of injuries to the Magpies’ other forwards.
Later that month, Rossi returned to Parma on loan until the end of the season, hoping to help play his part in saving his old club from relegation from Serie A, as well as
get some first team football.