One time €17.5m Manchester United target scores first goal in over two years

Milos Krasic is on the way back after his torrid Italian and Turkish adventures ... with French outfit SC Bastia.

There once was a time when Serbian winger Milos Krasic was one of Europe’s most highly sought after European talents. He first caught the eye playing for CSKA Moscow - with his long blonde hair and fast dribbling ability earning him comparisons to the likes of legendary Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved. It was around this time he caught the eye of Manchester United.

CSKA Moscow faced Manchester United in the Champions’ League Group Stage in 2009-10. Both home and away the performance of Krasic amazed Sir Alex Ferguson, with his pace and raw ability to take players on down the flanks an attribute Fergie was impressed with.

After that performance interest in the player was palpable, with Manchester United said to be the front runners in landing the player for £15 million in the summer of 2010.

In the end, Juventus snapped him up for €17.5 million, but things turned sour fast.

He soon suffered with injury problems and a rapid dip in form. In his second season with the Bianconeri he played just nine games.

Last summer he was sold to Turkish side Fenerbahce for €7 million in a move that was supposed to help rebuild his career - but he has again been disappointing.

In 2012-13, Krasic featured just 13 times in the Super Lig - scoring one goal. With new quotas on foreign players coming into effect this summer, Turkish clubs are looking to rid themselves of any unwanted talent.

So this summer he made a shock move to Ligue 1. But not with one of the big boys of French football, instead signing for SC Bastia.

When Manchester United tried to sign Krasic, in 2010, Bastia were playing in the third tier of French football - on the verge of financial ruin.

But this summer they announced his season long loan deal with pride:

"This brilliant player, who is seeking to play more ahead of next year's World Cup, has been seduced by the Bastia challenge."

And he has just recently begun to rekindle his old form.

This weekend he scored his first goal for his new club, which was also his first goal since the 25th September 2011.

And his overall performances have also been encouraging, as he finds a new lease of life in France.

While he has never, and will never, live up to the hype that once surrounded him he finally looks to be enjoying playing football once again - not something you could say about his time in Italy or Turkey.

So keep an eye out for Krasic, because we doubt he will wait two years for his next goal.

Can he finally unleash his talent in France?

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