Wilfried Zaha's move to Manchester United came too early, says Warnock

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Neil Warnock has fired what some may perceive to be a criticism at Manchester United over their decision to sign Wilfried Zaha at such an early stage in his career.

The former Crystal Palace star, who has returned to Selhurst Park to continue his development in a loan capacity, has endured a nightmare period at Old Trafford since he was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson, with many tipping him to have been sold permanently in the summer.

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Warnock backing

Yet Warnock, who took over from Tony Pulis prior to the start of this campaign, has spoken positively of Zaha’s talent, and believes that his move to United may have just been made a little too early on in his career, according to FourFourTwo.

"Wilfried has got to learn one or two things. He's gone to a massive club early in his career where you don't get a lot of coaching and I think that's what he needs," Warnock said.

"His attitude is spot on - people question that but his attitude has been super for me."

Zaha at United

Since signing for the Red Devils Zaha has only made two Premier League appearances, and spent most of last season on loan with relegation fodder Cardiff City. His rough spell in Manchester came after his headline-grabbing form for Palace - which contributed to their promotion to England’s top division in 2013 - and so many believe he can still develop into a top quality player.

Whether or not he’ll be given the chance to under Louis van Gaal however remains to be seen, as the Dutchman has already set about revamping the squad which so spectacularly floundered under David Moyes last term.

Van Gaal's plans

The attacking line-up has undergone the most radical changes, with Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao coming in to replace Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez. With competition for a starting spot fiercer than ever can Zaha really stake a claim upon his return from Palace? United fans, let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...

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