Tosic aims to make grade
Zoran Tosic has become the forgotten man of United's wingers department, but he refuses to end his Old Trafford dream.
Twelve months ago, the Serbian international was being lined up for his January transfer window move to Old Trafford from Partizan Belgrade.
The package, which will also see teenage midfielder Adem Ljajic arrive this New Year, was duly completed, and the 22-year-old was thrust immediately into the first-team spotlight.
Despite being signed for the future, manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave a hint that Tosic could be fast-tracked to a regular senior berth when he gave him a taste of the big-time as a sub against Spurs in the FA Cup, and at West Brom in the Premier League, last January.
But the winger didn't reappear again until he came off the bench in the final league match of the season at Hull City.
This term he's only featured once as a sub at Oakwell against Barnsley in the Carling Cup. Surprisingly, he was also the loser when Fergie sent his European squad list to UEFA.
He was omitted with Gabriel Obertan, despite being injured at the time, named ahead of him.
Obertan has since begun to make an impact. Summer buy Antonio Valencia and Nani are also ahead of Tosic in the pecking order. But the Serb is digging in.
"I am doing my best to break through at United but there are many good wingers in the squad and
"All I can do is keep working hard and take every given opportunity to play well," he said.
"I am not thinking about a move away from United because I am confident that I belong here and that if I am patient enough, I will be able to prove my worth and eventually break into the first team.
"It would be easy to lose faith, get frustrated and make a hasty decision to go to another club, but I have joined one of the three biggest clubs in the world. On the other hand, I have to keep in mind that I need more first-team football to keep my place in the Serbia squad for the ahead of next year's World Cup finals in South Africa. Time will tell, but I definitely want to stay."
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