Steve Parish: Wilfried Zaha held back by Manchester United stint

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Steve Parish, the chairman of Crystal Palace, believes Wilfired Zaha’s stint at Manchester United has set the winger’s football career back.

Zaha signed for United under Sir Alex Ferguson for £15million two years ago, however he re-signed for Palace permanently in February this year after spending the start of the season on loan to the Eagles.


The England international only played twice for United in his short time at the club. He started in the 2013 FA Community Shield fixture against Wigan. His second appearance came from the bench when he replaced Wayne Rooney in a League Cup tie against Norwich.

“It did not work for him up there and we came to a good arrangement with Manchester United,” Parish is quoted by Sports Mole telling the Epsom Guardian.

“He's a great lad, and I would not say it has damaged him, but that experience of him going there and it not working out set him back a little bit.

"I don't know what happened up there, but it is certainly not all one-sided. There was a change of management just as he went there, Sir Alex bought him and he was not there when he arrived.

“There's been a bit of a maelstrom there over the past couple of years with the transition of the squad they had and Wilf got caught up in that a bit. There was no malice [from United] and they think he is a good player.”


Zaha has enjoyed a good return to the club he first joined when he was only 12-years-old, especially under Alan Pardew.

“He [Pardew] brings us hope,” Zaha told the BBC. “When he came Palace were going through quite a bit and people were saying we’d definitely be relegated- but he puts hope in the players hearts by basically telling us we’re good enough.

“He’s helped us add more end product really.”

Palace have well established themselves as a mid-table club in the Premier League since their return in 2013- and consistently playing in high level games will only help further youngster's career.

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