The 34-year-old has admitted he could never get to grips with the bad weather - despite living in the Russian capital Moscow for two years when at Spartak.
"I struggled with the weather in the beginning," he told FourFourTwo magazine.
"Moscow is cold in winter but you don't have rain – you have sunshine.
"I was okay with the food in England: it was good at the training ground and I had a wife at home who knew how to cook, especially Serbian dishes.
"She makes an excellent punjene paprike – peppers stuffed with meat, onion and spices. At Carrington, they asked me if I'd like Serbian food. They were advanced like that.
"Our three boys – they're now aged nine, seven and four – were born in Manchester and I had the best time of my career there and we still have a house there.
"The only thing I had a problem with was the weather. I really enjoyed Manchester, the social life and its people."