Knowing About Zoran Tosic

Described by United’s scouting department as “a stylish player consistent with the traditions and legacy of wide players at this club”, 21-year-old Tosic is already a regular in Serbia’s national team.

A winger who hugs the touchline and takes defenders on, he possesses silky dribbling skills and a strong left-foot shot. Renowned for his mastery in dead-ball situations, Tosic is a real threat from set-pieces, whether firing goalwards or delivering pin-point crosses.

United scouts were watching the winger for over a year before he joined the Reds and in that time his progress took giant strides.
He appeared (and scored) for Partizan Belgrade in a Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce in August 2008, not long after he returned from Serbia’s involvement at the Beijing Olympics, and also has UEFA Cup experience.

Zoran played for Serbia in the European U21 Championship finals in the summer of 2009 and was involved in the seniors’ successful quest for 2010 World Cup qualification.

United signed Tosic in January 2009 and he made his first-team debut as a substitute in the FA Cup win over Tottenham later that month. He appeared off the bench twice more in his first season at West Brom and Hull.

He played in two League Cup wins at the start of 2009/10 before joining Bundesliga outfit FC Cologne in January 2010 on loan until the end of the season.

A United fan since childhood, Tosic grew up with posters of his heroes plastered on his bedroom walls in Zrenjanin. No doubt Ryan Giggs was one of those figures and, who knows, it could be Tosic who is charged with filling the Welshman’s boots when Giggs eventually retires.

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