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David Moyes told Wilfried Zaha to stop the tricks

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Having spent just 11 months in charge of Manchester United, David Moyes barely had a chance to make any significant impact on the squad he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson.

After leading the Red Devils to the worst title defence in Premier League history, the Scotsman was given his marching orders and the senior stars attempted to carry on.

But for one struggling star, Moyes's impact was sufficient enough to virtually ruin his chances of having a successful career at Old Trafford. That man is Wilfried Zaha. The 23-year-old admits that he was forced to try and change his game to get into Moyes's team as the former Everton boss demanded more defensive stability.

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"Under David Moyes I had to adjust my game," Zaha told Soccer AM. "Certain managers want a trustworthy player, someone that will always keep the ball.

"But he was the only one who told me to stop some of the tricks and keep the ball in certain areas. So I tried to adjust my game then."

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The two-time England international will always have the tagline of being Ferguson's last ever signing as Manchester United manager, but having agreed to finish the 2012/13 season with Crystal Palace, would never get the chance to play under him.

When he did arrive, he was charged with the task of winning over Moyes, who seemed to have little time for his outlandish style. He played just two Premier League games – both from the bench – before leaving for Cardiff on loan in January.

By the time that loan spell ended, Moyes was gone, but he had even less chance of earning a place under Louis van Gaal and a permanent return to Crystal Palace followed a loan move to the south London club.

Slowly, he is starting to come back to prominence for the Eagles. Although his third England cap still looks rather distant, he at least has a chance of fulfilling his potential.

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David Moyes
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Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace
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