Former Manchester United player Zoran Tosic has been speaking about his time at Old Trafford.
The Serbian international was speaking ahead of his current club CSKA Moscow’s Champions League encounter with Manchester City, but it was what he had to say about their fierce rivals United that was most enlightening.
Tosic arrived at United in a joint-deal that should have ultimately seen Adem Ljajic join him in England. But the latter never arrived and the former made just five senior appearances at the club before moving to Moscow in 2010.
Since then the winger has made 151 appearances for the Russian side and he looks every bit the star performer Sir Alex Ferguson thought he was buying all those years ago.
So what went wrong? Well, in comments published by the Daily Mail, the 27-year-old revealed that everything simply happened too fast.
“It all happened really quickly as I played for just 18 months with Partizan Belgrade,” Tosic said. “We won the league and the cup and there was a period when it seemed like I was scoring in every match.
“It was at that point I signed for Manchester United. It was such an exciting moment to go there and to meet Sir Alex.
“However, there is a big difference between the Serbian and English league and when I arrived in Manchester I discovered I was not yet ready for that level.”
Tosic revealed that in conversations with Ferguson, the former United boss continued to show faith in him; but it was the winger’s desire to play regular first-team football that ultimately prompted him to leave, first on loan and then in a permanent deal.
And yet it seems there remains a sense of regret, of wondering if he made the right call.
“Maybe I should have stayed and fought for my place,” he concluded. “This was Man United after all.”