Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has revealed that he fined Manchester United outcast Wilfried Zaha after the player turned up late on the team's photograph day, reports the Mirror.
Zaha, who joined his former club on a season-long loan deal from the Red Devils this past summer, has endured a tricky spell under Warnock this term, but his manager has insisted that he still has an extremely bright future in the game.
In fact, the Selhurst Park boss has insisted that, despite the fine, Zaha has been a 'gent' and has worked hard in training as he goes in search of improving his game.
Warnock has also insisted that the winger moved to Old Trafford too early on in his career, as he told reporters: “It happened too soon but you can’t turn it down, can you?
“The thing about Wilfried is, however far he goes in the game, it’s down to him. It isn’t down to anybody else and that is a great thing to have if you take advantage of it.
Warnock has also insisted that, after watching his side lose to Manchester United by one goal to nil earlier this month, that Zaha is better than some of the stars plying their trade for the Old Trafford outfit.
He continued by saying: “I talk to Wilfried all the time and we played Manchester United recently and I think Wilfried is far better than some of those in the team.
“It’s just managers seem to have a bit more faith in players if they sign them.
“But I think Wilfried knows he has to change as well. There are some parts of his game he has to change to become a top player and that’s what he is working on at the moment. We have been working on him playing down the middle.
“He works really hard in training. I haven’t got a problem with him at all. The facts are that Wilfried has been fined once for being late... on the team photograph day, he kept us all waiting and couldn’t get away with that.
“But there were circumstances and he has been a complete gent, he has never once caused me a problem and his attitude has been superb.
Despite admitting that the England international hasn't played in as many games as he would have liked, the Palace boss has insisted that the youngster is improving as a player under his guidance.
“He hasn’t played as many games as he would like but is improving as a player and a person and that will help him.
‘‘He has ability like I have never seen and I hope the last few months with me he has learnt a lot more about himself.”
Manchester United chance?
Zaha, then, will now be hoping that he continues to excel at Selhurst Park, but it remains to be seen as to whether he will be handed the opportunity to shine under Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal next season.
With the array of attacking talent already at the Theatre of Dreams, it certainly won't be easy for him to break into the club's first-team, but he will surely look to make a go of things at the club next term.