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Tosic Could Feature This Season… But He’s No Ronaldo

Zoran Tosic, our new number 14, joined us in January, bringing with him our high expectations for the future. A freekick specialist and Serbian international, we’re hoping for big things from him.

Ferguson has today revealed that Tosic may feature before the end of the season, one he’s toughened up, but is quick to play down any comparison with The Best Player in the World (TM).

“It is possible he could play,” said Ferguson. “The physical part is pertinent, because the Premier League is competitive and tough. There is no getting round that fact. “But given normal progress, he could be involved. It is a great option for us to have someone with a natural left foot in our team.”

He then spoken of any comparisons made between The Best Player in the World (TM) and Tosic but was quick to take the massive expectation off the Serbian’s shoulders.

“We would like everyone to turn out like Cristiano,” Ferguson added. “There is a difference – because Ronaldo had this fantastic dribbling ability, whereas Zoran is more straightforward. But the point is we are planning for the future – and the challenge any young player should set himself, no matter which club he is with, is to get to the very top. We are all proud of Cristiano achieving the status he has. But it is a two-way street. The player must have the personal ambition, the desire and drive to succeed. But he also owes a lot to Manchester United for nurturing and encouraging him in the proper way at the right times.”

Tosic, who was unveiled as a United player at a press conference today, is made up to be here and has spoken about how he’s been settling in.

“I’ve followed the club for years so it’s a great feeling,” he said. “All I’m thinking about now is training well so I’m ready to play for this great club. We all know what sort of team we are talking about and what kind of players we are talking about. It’s up to me to train well and prove myself, and try to get into the team as quickly as possible. I know how much I can offer. When I’m ready to play, and when I’m chosen to play, I don’t feel I need to change many things. But it’s up to others to decide when I’m ready.”

Tosic has also described the differences having Nemanja Vidic, a fellow Serb, has made to his start with the club.

“He’s made things a lot easier,” Tosic added. “He’s helping me tremendously on and off the field – it’s great that I’ve already got someone here. It’s a completely different scenario to when Nemanja first joined and was completely on his own. Besides Nemanja, the rest of the lads have been absolutely amazing. They have made me very welcome and are helping me every day.”

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14 Comments

  1. keanesmagichat says:

    he is making the right noises… fingers crossed he will prove a success

  2. Red-Manc says:

    Ive not seen alot of him to judge his ability but the one thing that all Serbs seem to have is a tough mentality a ‘never say die’ attitude to football, he will need some time to settle just like Vidic did but hopefully he’ll get off to a good start.

    Seen a few of his free kicks though and there class, hope Ronaldo gives him a chance to have a go

  3. TonyBee says:

    Yeah give him a run out ‘gainst Derby…. see what happens.

  4. Red-Manc says:

    I’d love to see him as early as Derby but i doubt we will unfortunately, Fergie said he wants to leave him training with the team and playing reserves until he gets used to the english game, you never know with Fergie though ;)

  5. Gordy says:

    Does anyone know Ronnie’s free kick stats this season i.e. number taken, on target, off target, scored? Don’t think it’s many. Giggsy has scored some in his time, so with Tosic taking over his role, it’s good to know that he can follow in the legends free kick footsteps as well.

  6. Giles Oakley says:

    Agreed with all the above. On free-kicks, it’s not Just Giggsy (who had a good one saved against Chelsea) there’s also Rooney who used to score for Everton, Berbatov, ditto with Tottenham, and, if we ever see him again next season, Owen Hargreaves, who got crackers against Fulham & Arsenal last year. If we ever go about 4-0 up, it would be fun to see Park have a go, although Edwin might have to be on alert.

  7. Androo says:

    We need freekick specialist. For me, atm, the best freekicker has to be Hargreaves. I mean, the two that he took he actually scored.

    Ronaldo, while good, sometimes seems lucky. If he were constantly scoring from FK then I’d give him the nod, but my god the Man I’d Let Shag My Wife(TM) is excellent. Really miss him this season!

  8. Davetian says:

    I’m really excited about this guy, I love genuine wingers who isolate people and take them on, which he appears to be. And the natural balance he’ll bring is gonna be a great benefit. Best of all, he’ll have the best full back in the world behind him which will make his job a lot easier. Cant wait to get Hargreaves back though.

  9. Carlitos is a ledge says:

    Tevez was a good freekick taker when he was at West Ham too so it would be good to see him get a chance…when he plays that is. Back to Tosic though, I would like to see him in the 1st team before the end of the season. Also for him to be a full international for a very decent nation,and at just 21, suggests that he has good potential at the very least. Would be nice to see him get some minutes against Derby

  10. Anon says:

    Hey sorry to go off topic here, but rumours of the “secret agreement” with Calderon are surfacing again! fucking pissing off!
    But some good rumours too. apparently we sent a delegation to San Siro! the noise is that we’re after Kaka. :P

  11. Marq says:

    I think the delegation is from Man City… Not us. How about exhanging Ronaldo with Kaka? I’d rather that happen than see Ronaldo go to Madrid, haha

  12. Stephen says:

    I agree with TonyBee, give him a run against Derby, even as a sub.

  13. Steve99 says:

    Does anyone know when Hargreaves is likely to be back. Is he out for the season or could he be back for April, May?

  14. Red-Manc says:

    Steve99, out all season mate unfortunatly

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