Manchester United flop Wilfried Zaha has opened up on his Old Trafford nightmare under David Moyes, claiming that he grew depressed at the way he was treated.
The English winger was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing as United boss but by the time he was actually eligible to play for the club Moyes was in charge.
The bad spell
However, despite costing £15million, Zaha was quickly relegated to reserve status in Manchester after featuring in both pre-season and Moyes’ first competitive fixture for United - the Community Shield in 2013 against Wigan.
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Following his sudden drop to relative obscurity a whirlwind of rumours over the reason for Moyes’ decision surfaced. Chief amongst them, and far and away the most controversial, was one that suggested Zaha had slept with his new manager’s daughter.
Rumours and Zaha's opinion
Surprise, surprise, Zaha has now had his say and looks to have cleared up the unfortunate rumour once and for all. He revealed in a recent interview - relayed by the Daily Express - that he had never even met the female in question.
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"I played in all the pre-season games and then in the Wigan game [Community Shield, August 2013] I never played my best," he said.
"I played for England and then zero games. Then the rumours started basically because he just stopped playing me with no actual reason that I knew.
"It was either: I slept with David Moyes' daughter or I have got a bad attitude. Those are the two rumours that stuck with me until I left Man United. I have had no say since then.
"I never even met her (Moyes' daughter). But as soon as anybody sees me now, people think: Wilfried Zaha, bad attitude. I just don't understand why. I went through that every single day.
"Getting constant tweets, people outside making jokes. I just had to take that on knowing that I wasn't going to play for United either. I lived up there by myself as well so there was not really anybody to speak to."
Naturally Zaha’s preachings will come as little surprise to anyone familiar with social media in today's society and how quickly vicious speculation can grow legs and become popular belief.
Moving on up
The good thing for the youngster now is that he’s back with Crystal Palace and seems to be in a far better place both physically and mentally.
Under Alan Pardew, the Eagles have started this Premier League campaign off fairly well. He might not be in line for immediate success - as might have been the case when he initially moved to Old Trafford - but he’s playing. That, evidently, is what matters.