Can former starlet turn Manchester United regret into City punishment?

Zoran Tosic

Zoran Tosic is likely to line up against Manchester City in the Champions League this evening.

Manchester City have travelled to Moscow today to take on CSKA in the UEFA Champions League. Pre match chitter-chatter has predictably surrounded the obligatory below-par pitch on offer from a Russian side, but ahead of the early evening kick-off one other little tit-bit about this fixture has certainly caught my eye.

That is in regards to the Serbian winger Zoran Tosic. Tosic almost left CSKA this summer, with teams from Germany said to be very interested in his signature. However, with the uncertain future of Keisuke Honda rumbling on, the club stood by him and he eventually stayed.

And at the moment, he must be reasonably glad he did. Tosic has played his way back into the first-team fold with a series of impressive turn-outs for the club - leaving new boy Vitinho on the bench in the wake of Alan Dzagoev’s hamstring injury.

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Tosic scored in CSKA’s last Champions League outing in a 3-2 win against Czech outfit Viktoria Plzen - and today he has extra reason for wanting to steal the show.

Tosic of course is a former Manchester United player, and would love to get one over on his former team’s bitterest rivals.

Tosic arrived from Partizan Belgrade along with countryman Adem Ljajic in 2008 and was quickly dubbed a big prospect for the future.

But the winger only played 15 minutes of Premier League football before leaving for Russia - a decision he admitted regretting last year:

“In the end I wasn’t sure I was going to get the chance I felt I deserved so decided to change club. Even now I am always thinking about that moment. Maybe I shouldn’t have been so quick and should have worked longer to show Sir Alex. Maybe I should have stayed and fought for my place. This was Man United after all.” 

Now, the self-confessed United fan and one-time player has the chance to do something every cross-city fan wants to do to City - beat them.

Whether his injury ravaged and out of form side can do the trick remains to be seen.

What are your memories of Zoran Tosic?

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