Wilfried Zaha, currently on loan with Crystal Palace, has revealed that he considered pursuing a permanent move away from Manchester United this summer, but made the decision to fight for his future at Old Trafford.
Old Trafford troubles
Zaha officially arrived at Old Trafford last summer as the final acquisition of Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious 26-year reign with Manchester United, but the young winger has since been afforded only two Premier League appearances.
Having endured six months of frustration under David Moyes, Zaha was sent out on loan to Cardiff City, who were eventually relegated to the Championship, and returned to Manchester United with the manager having departed.
However, despite Moyes having been replaced, Zaha did still contemplate leaving the club following the appointment of Louis van Gaal, but eventually arrived at the decision to prove his worth to the new coach.
It was something that did not go exactly to plan for the 21-year-old who was one of the players used least during pre-season, while he has since been moved back to Selhurst Park. It is, of course, just a temporary move and Zaha believes he is in the right place to develop further.
“Sir Alex Ferguson was the person who bought me. He left and people have different points of views on players,” Zaha said, as reported by Goal.com.
"I thought about leaving a while. Then I thought: ‘Let’s stay and prove how I can play to the new manager’. He felt it was best for me to go on loan and it was best for me to come home.”
Back with Crystal Palace, the place where he made his name, Zaha has already been able to offer a greater indication of his talent than he has been able to with Manchester United, or even when he was given a chance by Cardiff.
Zaha scored on his second debut for the club, a dramatic late leveller against Newcastle at St James’ Park, and is operating with the confidence that enabled him to secure a transfer to Manchester United in the first place.
It is now down to him to prove he is indeed capable of establishing himself in the Manchester United first team although, given the attacking options currently available to Van Gaal, it will certainly be a tough test.