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Manchester United will keep Zaha, says Moyes

Zaha also confirmed his desire to stay. (©GettyImages)
Zaha also confirmed his desire to stay. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United's new manager David Moyes has revealed that new boy Wilfred Zaha will form a part of the squad next season.

Zaha, who was Sir Alex Ferguson's last signing before he retired as manager, impressed after coming on in the second half of Manchester United's first pre-season match - a 1-0 loss to Singha All Stars.

There had been some rumours that Zaha might be loaned back to Crystal Palace, whom he helped achieve promotion last season, but Moyes rejected any such possibilities with his comments after the game.

Moyes told reporters: "Wilfred did well. He gave us a little bit of something different. We have brought him here to give him a chance. It is the first time I have worked with him and had a chance to see him up close."

"He will certainly be part of the squad and we will see where we can fit him in as often as we can."

The result against a team comprising of players from the Thailand Premier League was not the most ideal of starts for Moyes in his new role as United's manager but he was not overly concerned with the result saying: "It wasn't a brilliant result but this wasn't one we desperately needed to win. It is one we need to get prepared to win games from."

"If I'm going to lose any games I'm happy to lose these ones. It's pre-season."

He further stressed that it was the fitness of the team that was of more importance now.

"We missed a couple of chances which may well have got us something out of the game but the important thing is we got a few of the players through 90 minutes. It was really a good workout - anyone who was watching tonight will tell you that, as it was very warm. So I was pleased with that.

"Overall I thought the fitness of the players was good and I'll take that as a positive."

Zaha was declared the Football League Championship Player of the Year last season and is apparently ready to step up a level and fight for his place in the United line-up telling ManUtd.com: "I've grafted to get here so Manchester United is where I want to stay, I have moved away from most of my family and friends but it's progress. Everyone understands that. I wanted to make the move here because it's what is best for my career."


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