It's almost as if Wilfried Zaha doesn't want to succeed at Manchester United. Just as well then, because his latest social media meddling could prove to be the beginning of the end of his Old Trafford career.
When the 21-year-old winger posted a picture of himself and Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Instagram on Monday night, complete with the caption: 'nothing like someone who believes in you', it was a matter of minutes before Zaha realised the error of his ways, and proceeded to pull down the message.
"My last instagram picture was not intended as a dig or indirect at my manager," was the former Crystal Palace player's swift response to criticism on Twitter. "I have nothing but respect…"
Yes, the £15million signing might have grown frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities under David Moyes, but he has now been afforded the perfect opportunity to prove himself at Premier League level by helping the Bluebirds in their attempts to avoid the drop.
Why he continues to waste his time peddling negative headlines that will only further destroy his already frosty relationship with the Red Devils boss is anyone's guess. Zaha needs to get his head down and focus on fine-tuning his game, if he is to have even the smallest chance of making it at Manchester United.
After helping Cardiff to a 2-1 victory over Norwich City on his debut - setting up Craig Bellamy's goal which started their comeback - Zaha's raw talent is there for all to see. But, it takes much more than that to start making waves in United's senior team.
Having made only two substitute appearances for the champions in the Premier League in 2013/14, questions were being asked why Zaha was continually overlooked by Moyes, particularly when his chosen players have under-performed for large parts of the campaign.
The rapid rise of Adnan Januzaj proves that the former Everton boss is willing to give youth a chance, so age cannot be used as a factor to justify Zaha's omission. Rumours that his application and attitude is not quite right would appear to be a more realistic reason, and his Instagram output will add more weight to those who agree with that trail of thought.
Naivety played no part in Zaha's latest online own goal, it was a stupid act of desperation from a player that thought he'd made it - hasn't - and now feels unappreciated. He must've known the connotations that the post would generate, and the possible repercussions of the not-so-subtle intimation of his emotions.
There was no place for idiocy at Manchester United under the former stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson, and you can bet that the same will not be tolerated by the new incumbent, no matter how brilliant a player's potential.
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