Manchester United coach hails "diamond" Zaha

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Manchester United assistant coach Phil Neville believes that Wilfried Zaha is going through the same kind of tough start to life at Old Trafford the majority of new faces experience, backing the youngster to eventually show his class in the first team at Old Trafford.

Zaha has featured just twice for United since completing a £15m summer switch from Crystal Palace, still awaiting his Premier League bow with David Moyes deciding to protect the England international.

Neville has insisted that the former Eagles starlet's struggle to stamp his authority on the United starting XI is nothing new and should not be an overbearing concern, describing the 21-year-old as a "diamond" who needs time to deal with the demands placed on a Red Devils star.

He told The Guardian: "Wilf is a diamond. People say: 'Why is he not playing?' But we're seeing the same with Marouane Fellaini and we've seen it with Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra in the past.

"The first six months... forget the games, just being a Manchester United footballer, the intensity of training, the expectation, it's really hard. It blows you away."

Moyes, Neville and Fellaini will all come up against their former club for the first time tonight, with Everton the visitors to Old Trafford.

Neville ended an eight-year spell at Goodison Park to take up his first coaching position with United, following ex-Toffees boss Moyes to Old Trafford after being his captain on Merseyside.

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