Manchester United’s £15m January signing Wilfred Zaha has promised to prove his worth when he joins up with his new team-mates at Old Trafford next season.
Following a man of the match midweek showing for the England Under-21s Zaha, who has been loaned back to Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season, spoke openly about his desire to be a success for the Red Devils.
he told the Daily Mirror"It means a lot to me because, for all the good stuff I hear about me, people saying I’m a good player, there are many that say I’m over-rated," . "So this is a great chance for me to show what I’m all about and why I have got to where I am now.
"It will be more practice for me this summer for when I go into pre-season training with Manchester United.
"It’s a chance for me to better myself in different ways and to go out and prove myself on a big stage.
"I’m not sure I will ever get used to it. I’m going to have to try and get used to it and go and play my own game."
Palace boss Ian Holloway has recently praised Zaha for his level of performance and focus since agreeing his departure from Selhurst Park and has helped keep the Eagles in the hunt for automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Zaha, who was born in the Ivory Coast before moving to England at a young age, is well aware of the expectations that surround him.
"I do feel the pressure and the hardest thing about being a footballer is to cope with it," he added. "I just get my head down and tell myself I’m there for a reason. Every time I go on the pitch I have to prove myself.
"It has been a dream being involved in the international set-up. I wanted to push on from just club football but being part of the whole set-up is incredible."
Zaha operated in a more central role for Stuart Pearce's side and recorded his first goal for the Under-21s in the process.
"I have played out on the wing for Palace, but I used to play up top for the youth team. I’ve enjoyed it really. Gareth Bale has been ridiculous this season so if I could play anything like him I’d be very happy."
Sir Alex Ferguson has emphasised in the past the importance of evaluating the mentality of potential additions and Zaha’s determination to rise to the top of the professional game has been iterated by former manager Dougie Freedman in the past.
Following Zaha’s indiscretion against Leeds, which landed him in hot water with the FA recently, this latest show of desire couldn’t be better timed.
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