Former Manchester United player Zoran Tosic has expressed his regret on leaving the club and has said his failure to succeed with United was a result of making the big jump too early.
Tosic joined United back in 2009 at the age of 21 but appeared in only five games, playing just 79 minutes in total, and spent some time on loan at FC Koln before joining CSKA Moscow in 2010.
Since then, he has enjoyed a decent career with 26 goals in 113 matches for the Russian side but it could have all been very different for Tosic.
In a recent interview published by the Daily Mail, Tosic said: “It all happened really quickly as I played for just 18 months with Partizan Belgrade.
“We won the league and the cup and there was a period when it seemed like I was scoring in every match.
“It was at that point I signed for Manchester United. It was such an exciting moment to go there and to meet Sir Alex.
“However, there is a big difference between the Serbian and English league and when I arrived in Manchester I discovered I was not yet ready for that level.”
Tosic went on loan to FC Koln in Germany for six months in 2010 and expected extended playing time when he returned to the Old Trafford. When that did not happen, he decided a change of scenery was necessary but now admits he regrets his decision to leave Manchester United.
He added: “Even now I am always thinking about that moment. Maybe I shouldn’t have been so quick and should have worked longer to show Sir Alex.
“Maybe I should have stayed and fought for my place. This was Man United after all.”