What Sir Alex Ferguson told Alan Pardew about Wilfried Zaha in 2016 now looks spot on

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The majority of Manchester United supporters weren’t particularly disappointed by the sale of Wilfried Zaha back in 2015.

The young winger, who signed for United two-and-a-half years earlier, had failed to make a serious impact during his loan spells with Crystal Palace and Cardiff City.

His attitude was called into question, neither David Moyes nor Louis van Gaal seemed to fancy him, and so Zaha returned back to Selhurst Park with his tail between his legs.

Many players in Zaha’s situation would never have recovered from such a setback.

However, the Ivory Coast international has knuckled down over the past couple of years and, to his immense credit, has rebuilt his reputation.

Zaha, who impressed against Manchester City this afternoon, is now reportedly on the radar of some of England’s top clubs once again, including the aforementioned City and Arsenal.

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Many United fans want him back

United fans, meanwhile, would love to see Zaha back at Old Trafford, judging by these tweets…

What Fergie told Pardew about Zaha in 2016

Zaha was the final signing of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26-year spell as Man Utd manager.

And Alan Pardew, who coached Zaha at Palace last season, revealed in an interview with the Manchester Evening News in 2016 what Fergie had said to him about the winger.

“When you leave a football club like that, all you can do is your best – and he has,” Pardew said, speaking about Zaha. “He’s just won Player of the Year here again and you can’t do any more than that.

“I spoke to Alex Ferguson about him recently and he still thinks he’s destined to be a top player. Alex still talks about the qualities Wilf has – the pace, the power, the constant energy to run from start to finish.

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“There are not many players who can carry the ball like he does for maybe 120 minutes.”

Fergie was right all along

Fergie knew.

This is yet another sign that the legendary Scot was the best in the business when it came to recognising potential.

Even though Moyes and Van Gaal couldn’t see his talent, Ferguson still could.

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“People say it was a bad experience for him at Old Trafford, but I don’t agree,” Pardew added. “It was probably good for him to have a knockback. It’s put bit more fight in him.”

Indeed, Zaha has flourished with that point to prove hanging over him - and, you'd have to say, would now walk back into United’s starting line-up.

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