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Tosic: I’m Better On Left Wing Than Right

Manchester United fans haven’t seen much of Zoran Tosic, who is currently representing Serbia in the U-21 European Championships, since he joined the club in the January transfer window. However, following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, he’s likely to get a lot more first team action.

He has today confessed that he wasn’t impressed with getting kicked around when playing with the Reserves, but insists that he is now used to it and is looking forward to the pre-season ahead.

“In a few games for the reserves, the players kicked me and I was wondering what is going on – I am going home, I cannot play here,” said Tosic. “Then I got through that, and now it’s normal for me. My best position is on the wing, either one. My left foot is stronger but I can play on the right and come inside. The people from Manchester think I can play better on the left side.”

Our first two matches of the pre-season are against a Malaysian XI and Indonesian XI, before taking on FC Seoul and Hangzhou Greentown. Tosic is likely to feature in these games and is looking forward to it.

“When we go on tour I hope I’m going to get a chance and I’m ready,” he added. “I want to try to have a breakthrough. Everybody’s wondering if I can replace Ryan Giggs, if I can adapt to the tempo. I’m not bothered by that, really. I’ve never been afraid in my life, and I’m not afraid now.”

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  1. haha says:

    This little bender needs to bulk up a bit before he’s ready for the first team.

  2. Micky says:

    Let’s hope he does impress. He seems confident enough and big enough to own up to having doubts at first, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    I always find it hard to believe a player is any good until I’ve seen him in the flesh myself.. so at the moment, I take it with a pinch of salt when people say he can replace CR7

  3. denton davey says:

    He looked very good against Belarus (!) a few days ago; not so good against Sweden yesterday. But, he’s a winger and he can only be as good as the strikers playing ahead of him – and they were playing a third or fourth stringer at the point of their attack due to injuries to the main guys.

    He has skill and speed, that’s evident but the real question is whether he ENOUGH skill and speed to flourish against much, much, much better and more experienced defenders. Time will tell.

  4. FailsworthDevil says:

    He seems to have the right attitude… and he looked half decent for the Serbian U21s last week even though they have gone out..

    They said Captain Marvel Bryan Robson would never make it as a top pro coz of his build… but they fed him steaks every day, built him up and look at what a legend he was…

    I aint saying that this lad will be anything like Robbo, but what i am saying is that United will fill him out… and get his physique how it should be…

    Look at the physique on Ronaldo now compared to when he arrived… United totally changed him..

    Tosic has got good ability, and is pacey… and im lookin to see what impact he has at the pre season friendlies as im sure he will get a run out..

    The one who i reckon is gonna be a revelation next season is Ritchie De Laat.

  5. Oooodz says:

    I definitely agree he has to bulk up. The only time I have seen him play was when he made his debut, and he seemed veerrrrry nervous, not even attempting to take on a defender. That is expected though, and at least he kept posession!

    He was a lot of money… time will tell, we’re not the dirty scousers. We give players a chance!

  6. AlphaRS says:

    Let’s not make Tosic another player who doesn’t get his chance to shine in the 1st team.

  7. wllmhll says:

    yep, he needs to bulk up. first time i saw him with a united jersey on i thought he was one of the kids from the academy. hoping to see more of him on the pitch next season.

  8. fitzmertz says:

    in january ljajic will come over, he looks a better prospect.

  9. Kings says:

    Looks a useful player. Needs to beef up a bit though. Give him plenty of steaks and roast dinners with a sprinkle of steroids!

  10. Coogie says:

    He seems very similiar to me in terms of height wise! Therefore ill say hes not guna fill out till hes about 24. When I was 22 I was a skinny fucker, and didnt fill out to just before i turned 24, then again I didnt have these trainers and dieticians giving me advice and or gear available to him in terms of weights etc!

  11. theboogeyman says:

    He’s 5 feet 7 and a half inches at 22.Ljajic is 6 feet tall at 17.I think both will have good careers at United,especially Ljajic.

  12. Mj says:

    Wow, this kid is way to soft for united. It’s especially shocking that he hails from Serbia, usually players from former yugoslavian countries are tough as nails(see under vidic).

  13. Corea says:

    I like his attitude.

  14. Dani says:

    You Don’t Mess With The ZORAN!!!!

  15. omer k says:

    lool, why is he talking so much
    at that age he should be letting his football do it for him
    lets hope hes not another prima

  16. theboogeyman says:

    @omer k:What are you saying??He’s said absolutely nothing wrong.

  17. denton davey says:

    He’s talking a lot, omer k, because he’s probably the only guy in the Serbian team who speaks fluent English and there are a lot of English journalists pestering him.

  18. omer k says:

    nothing wrong .. but his ronaldo comments should have been kept within the dressing room, but ur right he did say nothing wrong … i guess i prefer the scolesy type player..

  19. omer k says:

    @ denton davey Said, i think they teach very good english in serbia, why would u assume hes the only english speaker!!!???
    and how about Fraizer Campbell’s is his english shabby?? haven’t seen any comments from the lad. only one whos spoken is macheda who’s won us 6 points last season!! and he wasn’t talking about how amazing :-) hes going to be and who he is going to replace.

    bottom line… what im saying is hes putting extra pressure on himself, and he is still unproven, and i HOPE THAT HE CAN BACK IT UP (he plays for my team remember)


  20. jamos9 says:

    haha Said,June 24th, 2009 @12:30 This little bender needs to bulk up a bit before he’s ready for the first team

    Made me chuckle lol, You’re right there though, Steak every night for the remainder of the year.

  21. ROJO RED ROT ROUGE says:

    On the one hand he could be the next Messi.
    On the other hand he could be a complete failure.
    He may be somewhere between the two.

    Give the lad support and encouragement and a CHANCE.
    At least we should all hope for the best !

  22. Devilton says:

    ROJO RED ROT ROUGE: heh…the next Messi. Mmmm, we can only dream.

    I think he might prove to be a useful player, but like almost everyone here has said he will need to bulk up to survive the rough and tumble of the league. If he thought the kicking he got in the reserves was bad wait till he meets Bolton or Stoke in December when they are scrambling to get points.

    Personally i think he will still be behind Nani in the next season. Nani himself has a lot to prove and live upto but now that Ronaldo is gone one can only hope that Tito takes his opportunity to shine.

  23. Jam the Red says:

    I was reading the other day that he’s a red too, supported us since 99 so at least he won’t want to go off playing for Madrid or whoever in 5 years time. looking forward to seeing more of him in the 1st team as well as a few other reserve/academy players such as Possebon, Macheda, Petrucci etc.

  24. dumb4ss says:

    Yeah, he need to bullk up. he’s smaller than giovinco and has thin legs. He will be tackled a lot and a lot harder too in the epl.

  25. The Zoran! says:

    He’s decent! Has a good left-foot, plays L or R, scores bags of freekicks (Deco Style!) and he seems a down to earth lad! We need more of THEM if we are gonna maintain this squad..

    I Dunno why people are going on about Ronny’s replacement… In a 4-3-3, for the front 3, we have Berba, Rooney, Park, Nani, Tosic, Giggs, Manucho (if he’s comin back), Wellbeck & Macheda! & Lladjic in Jan!?

    Stuff paying over the odds 4 the likes of Ribery, Benzema n such… Wait for raw talent to be available (i.e Costa, Sanchez types) fair enough, but we are in danger of losing our young crop if we go over them n buy finished articles. If we just get Valencia (and maybe a buy&loan back deal for Costa!!) I will be a happy man. If we don’t, I will be even happier!!

  26. King Eric says:

    The Zoran – Spot on mate, keep it young.


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