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Wilfried Zaha: Will he be a success at Manchester United?

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Wilfried Zaha is already guaranteed a place in Manchester United history without pulling on the red shirt but he'll want to make sure that's not the only reason he's remembered by United fans.

Zaha became Sir Alex Ferguson's final signing as Manchester United manager in January before being loaned back to his former club, Crystal Palace.

Having been the hero for Palace on Monday, he will be looking to end his career for the Eagles in style at Wembley before embarking on a new challenge at the Champions.

But many are already doubting the youngster's ability and questioning the relatively high price tag for someone so young.

The Ivory Coast born star came up through the academy and broke into Palace's first-team squad in 2010, aged just 17, and has become a regular in the side ever since.

Zaha's strength, pace and trickery are attributes that have seen him cause problems for defenders in the Championship in the past couple of seasons.

But it's not just the technical ability of the players that makes him so effective. The work ethic and commitment is a main feature of the youngster's game.

When he's on form, he's a nightmare for defenders. When it's not going his way, he continues to work hard and keeps defenders on their toes.

A fine example of this was on Monday. He wasn't getting much luck against the Brighton defence until two opportunities came his way and he gobbled them up.

That work ethic and commitment is maybe the reason Ferguson was willing to spend so much on someone so young.

After signing him on a five-and-a-half year contract, it's evident that United rate him highly. A hefty transfer fee for a 20-year-old and a long-term contract suggests that the winger's ability isn't doubted by his new club.

He's not the finished article just yet but with the right nurturing, Zaha could not only be the future of Manchester United but also for the England national team.

So the next question is - will the name Wilfried Zaha be more than just an answer to a pub quiz question in years to come? I certainly think so.

 

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