Wilfried Zaha became one of the hottest young players in Europe in 2012 as he was tracked by the top clubs in England after impressing for Crystal Palace.

He signed for Manchester United but he remained on loan with the south London club - helping them into the Premier League.

Any notion of him returning to Palace on loan has been quickly dismissed as he has been heavily involved with United since David Moyes took charge and he started Sunday's Community Shield with Wigan.

Moyes was pleased with how Wilfred Zaha performed in pre-season and he expects him to be fully involved for Manchester United this season.

His raw talent and ability is a something United haven’t had since a certain Ballon D’Or winning Portuguese left a while ago.

As former manager Ian Holloway said: “He is so unique. He is an untouched, pure talent. I've never worked with anyone like him - he just wants to get the ball and beat people. However many there are, he can do it.”

And while this is wholly correct, I personally think that this is his problem.

Zaha has bags on pace and skill and is able to beat several players, however instead of then passing or putting a cross in for his team mates he decides to continue taking on players as seen in Wednesday’s England’s international game with Scotland and the FA Community Shield against Wigan. This then causes him to endure the wrath of his team mates.

Moyes has said: "He's going to develop but he'll be a bit up and down, but it was a great opportunity for him to get on the pitch for Manchester United. I'm really looking forward to working with him and improving him and I'm sure we'll use him as the season goes on. He's a young boy.”

His playing style is somewhat similar to that of Cristiano Ronaldo when he first arrived at United. And by the time he left he had matured into arguably the best player in the world. Could this happen to Zaha as well?

One of the biggest differences is the manager. Ronaldo had the best manager in the world to tutor him while Zaha has a manager that has won nothing in 11 years though he has achieved a top half finish with a low budget.

Ferguson had a history for developing youngsters into world class players, Ronaldo, Beckham, Rooney, Scholes, Giggs etc, Moyes doesn’t have this sort of track record.

However only time will tell whether Zaha will be able to replicate Ronaldo, but with the right sort of tuition and help, it may be possible.

 

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