Bojan Djordjic – Failed Man United Prospect!

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Bojan Djordjic former Manchester United player

Bojan Djordjic is not a name that many would be familiar with unless you played the Championship Manager game series, however, the Yugoslavia-born Swede had a host of clubs during his career, including a six-year stay at Manchester United.

Despite his time at Old Trafford, which was extremely disappointing for the left-sided winger, he failed to live up to the potential he promised at such a young age.

Manchester United signed Djordjic in 1999 from Swedish side Brommapojkarna and was thought to be one of the brightest talents in Europe at the time and was named the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year 1999-00, however, United fans might be forgiven if they can not remember him.

The attacking midfielder made just two competitive appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, although he did score a wonderful chip in a testimonial fixture against Celtic, having come off the bench as a substitute for Ryan Giggs.

Life after Manchester United

Having failed to get his opportunity with the Red Devils, he left the club and joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan, although that did not fare much better, making just a handful of appearances for the Owls.

Djordjic tried his luck in Denmark the following year, spending a season at Aarhus GF and managed to get regular first-team football, featuring 26 times, before a third loan spell in three years with Red Star Belgrade.

He scored his first competitive goal for the Yugoslavian outfit, coming against Odense BK in the UEFA Cup (Europa League as it is known now) before sealing a permanent switch away from Old Trafford.

In January 2005, Djordjic moved north of the border and joined Rangers and made his debut against Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup, but his stay at Ibrox was short-lived as he suffered from a number of injuries.

Six months after joining the Scottish giants, as they were at the time, the winger moved back to England and joined Plymouth Argyle, where he established himself as an important player for the club.

He enjoyed a year at the club before he was placed on the transfer list, with his manager claiming that he was lazy and had a poor attitude to training and matches. He made his way back to the first-team having regained the trust of his boss, but he terminated his contract in October 2007.

In November of that year, Djordjic returned to Scandinavia and joined Swedish side AIK, the team he had supported as a boy, although his dream would turn into a nightmare rather quickly.

The former Sweden Under-21 picked up several injuries in his time with the Stockholm-based outfit, making his debut for the club a number of months later. He spent two years at the club before moving to Hungary, where he would turn out for Videoton.

The Hungarian side had compared Djordjic to the Italy great Roberto Baggio, but his stay was brief, having cancelled his deal at the end of the season and returning to England.

At 29-years-old he took the decision to head back to the United Kingdom and joined Blackpool in 2011, however, he failed to make any appearances for the Tangerines and, once again, terminated another contract before heading to Royal Antwerp in Belgium in February 2012.

In the summer of that year, he decided to rejoin the club that gave him his start as a footballer, with the previous ten teams failing to work out for him, however, as with most of his career moves, he lasted just one season before packing his bags again.

In 2014, he joined Vasalund in Sweden, before heading to India to play in the inaugural Indian Super League, where he was drafted by Chennaiyin, teaming up with the likes of Alessandro Nesta, Elano and being managed by Marco Materazzi.

Failure followed him around

Bojan Djordjic had a promising career as a youngster, especially when he was signed by Manchester United, however, it failed to work out for him at whichever club he was at, making his failure to meet expectations that more disappointing.

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