Zoran Tosic signed for Manchester United in November 2008 before the move was finalised in the January transfer window of 2009. He was given the number 14 shirt and played five games for the first team before being loaned out to Köln.
Despite a successful time in Germany, Tosic struggled to get in to the United team and was sold to CSKA Moscow.
Tonight, Tosic started for the Russian team in their Champions League group stage game against his former team’s rivals.
With just over half an hour played he put his side 1-0 up, before Sergio Aguero scored twice to give City the lead.
“I had been scoring in virtually every game for Partizan when United came calling, and I suppose there was an assumption it would continue after I joined them,” he said. “Certainly, I went there with high hopes, and it was such an exciting moment when I arrived at the club and actually met Sir Alex. I had grown up as a United fan, so to be working for the man who had brought so much success to the club was just unbelievable. ‘But there is a big difference between the Serbian League and the Premier League in England, and I soon discovered I wasn’t quite ready to make the step up. Sir Alex kept telling me I had the quality and just needed to keep working at it, but I wanted to be playing. That’s why I took the chance to spend six months on loan at Cologne, and it went so well, I fully expected to be given a chance in the team when I returned to United. For whatever reason, though, it just didn’t happen. Reluctantly, I reached the conclusion I might be better off making a fresh start somewhere else. My relationship with Sir Alex was good, and I appreciated the way he always took time to speak to me and explain things. Maybe, in retrospect, I shouldn’t have been so quick in deciding to leave and should, instead, have spent a little longer trying to show him I was worth a place in the team. Even now, I find myself thinking back to that time and going over it all in my mind. Perhaps I should have stayed and fought a little harder to win him over. It was Manchester United, after all.”