Manchester United winger Zoran Tošić is desperate to stay at the club, despite having made just five first team substitute appearances in a year at the club, according to the Serbian winger. Tošić, 22, was brought to the club in a £16 million joint-deal in January 2009 but United, last week, backed out of a deal for erstwhile team-mate Adem Ljajić .
“Sir Alex has a big squad to choose from and there is a lot of quality in the first-team and the reserves, so I know it’s not easy for me,” the former Partizan Belgrade left-winger told The Telegraph today.
“But I have to look at the Carling Cup and the FA Cup as perhaps my chance to show what I can do and prove myself to the manager.”
Tošić was a substitute in United’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup and may figure in United’s forthcoming FA Cup tie against Leeds United at Old Trafford. Despite being placed on an intensive fitness programme at the club, Tošić’s progress has been held back by his slight frame.
“I’m still trying to get used to English football and adapt to the style of the game here. It’s still new for me. The game here in England is very quick, but I am enjoying playing for United and have enjoyed being part of the reserves.
“All of the young lads at United are trying to improve and show what they can do to get into the first-team, so it’s a good environment to be involved in.
“If I can keep playing well and scoring for the reserves, then hopefully that will help me break into the first-team.
“I’ve scored four goals in the last four games for the reserves, so I feel confident and very pleased with the way that I am playing.”
Rumours that the player may leave the club on loan – possibly to Steve McClaren’s Twente Enschede – were scotched by the player’s agent. But Tošić’s future at the club is hardly aided by United’s unilateral decision to cancel the £10 million agreement with Partizan for Ljajić last week.