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Zoran Tosic determined to prove his worth to Manchester United
Published : 10 Dec 2009 10:28:23
The 22-year-old winger, who arrived at United from Partizan Belgrade in a combined £17m deal with Adem Ljajic last January, has yet to start a senior game for Sir Alex Ferguson's team after almost a year at the club. A regular for the Serbia national team, Tosic has been restricted to just five substitute appearances - his most recent in the Carling Cup quarter-final win against Spurs last week - and his lack of action has prompted speculation over a January loan move. Manchester United's decision last week to abandon a £10m option to buy Ljajic has also increased doubts over Tosic's prospects at Old Trafford. But having impressed in the reserves this season, Tosic admits he is now eyeing the cup ties against bitter rivals Leeds and City as his chance to impress Ferguson. Tosic said: '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. '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. '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.' Tosic's prospects have not been helped by his omission from United's pre-Christmas Champions League squad. But he believes that his performances for Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer's reserve team highlight his improvement and development in recent months. He said: '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.'