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‘United Didn’t Give Me A Chance’

“Manchester United didn’t give me a chance to prove myself.”

Those are the words of a frustrated Zoran Tosic as he left Old Trafford for Moscow after signing a five-year deal with CSKA yesterday. The echo of another youngster brought in by Sir Alex Ferguson to high appraisal, only to leave through the back door.

It’s hard not to feel in some ways sympathetic for the Serbian. The 23-year-old made only five substitute appearances in a Manchester United shirt before being shipped out on loan to Cologne. The glimpses of the winger that were witnessed were far from striking, but they were after all only five fleeting shows from a young man in a new league.

So much for being earmarked as the new Ryan Giggs.

Tosic was obviously, and justifiably, quite annoyed at being so readily offloaded to Germany, especially as his World Cup ticket was yet to be secured.

It was inevitable then that Tosic enjoyed the treatment he received in Germany and flourished well in the Bundesliga. The winger – who is currently in South Africa with his Serbian teammates – scored his first goal in a 4-1 win over Hannover before quickly adding a second in the same game. By the end of the Bundesliga season, he had scored five goals in 13 appearances and had shown some genuine skill and confident technique along the way.

Though rejoining FC Koln on a permanent basis would’ve been at the forefront of his mind, it seems that the talented Serbian couldn’t refuse the lure of European football in Moscow:

“CSKA Moscow, in my opinion, are quite a famous club, consistently playing in European competition and fighting for the Russian League title.”

So, after a £7m fee and 18 months at the Manchester club, an exchange of £8m allows the winger to depart with the potential to ignite some debate around the treatment of Manchester United’s potential future talent – a debate that will obviously intensify if the winger becomes a real star player with his new club.

But, as Tosic becomes the second first team name to exit the club this summer, preceded by the exit of Ben Foster, the more pertinent question will be, where is that money going and will somebody else be brought in?

Manchester United didn’t give me a chance

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