Fergie - Tosic different to Ron
Sir Alex Ferguson says new signing Zoran Tosic is a different type of player to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Last Updated: 13/01/09 5:21pm
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says new signing Zoran Tosic is a different type of player to newly-crowned World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 21-year-old Serbian international is being compared to the Portugal international, not only for his silky skills but due to the fact that he also has arrived at Old Trafford as something of a rough diamond.
Ferguson hopes the former FK Partizan winger enjoys the same level of success as Ronaldo, but admits the player must also possess desire and determination if he is to shine in his new surroundings.
"We would like everyone to turn out like Cristiano," said Ferguson.
"There is a difference - because Ronaldo had this fantastic dribbling ability, whereas Zoran is more straightforward.
"But the point is we are planning for the future - and the challenge any young player should set himself, no matter which club he is with, is to get to the very top.
"We are all proud of Cristiano achieving the status he has. But it is a two-way street.
"The player must have the personal ambition, the desire and drive to succeed. But he also owes a lot to Manchester United for nurturing and encouraging him in the proper way at the right times."
Although Ferguson estimates it could take until the end of February for the Serbian ace to be ready for first-team football, he is not ruling out blooding the youngster before the end of the season.
"It is possible he could play," he continued. "The physical part is pertinent, because the Premier League is competitive and tough. There is no getting round that fact.
"But given normal progress, he could be involved. It is a great option for us to have someone with a natural left foot in our team."