Wilfried Zaha has shed new light on his time at Manchester United, revealing that he felt worthless having failed to make the grade at Old Trafford.
The winger shot to stardom at Crystal Palace, helping The Eagles gain promotion to the Premier League in 2013 before earning a move to the Red Devils, then under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson. However he was quickly frozen out under Fergie’s replacement, David Moyes, and finished last season on loan at Cardiff City, who were relegated back to the Championship.
With Louis van Gaal’s appointment came a new wave of optimism, but that was quickly snuffed out as the Dutchman shipped him back on loan to Palace. A deal was struck for his permanent transfer earlier this year, providing the final snub in a failed United spell.
However the man himself has revealed in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that he’s enjoying his football once more.
“To be honest, I was happy [to leave United]," Zaha said.
“It was no longer a burden on my back. The thing was if I had a bad game I was ‘the Man United reject’. If I had a good game it was ‘Man United star on loan’. And I just thought ‘I don’t need that anymore’. One minute I was hero; the next minute I was zero. I just didn’t need it. I’d rather just play football.”
What the future holds
Where Zaha’s career will take him next remains to be seen. His ascension in English football during 2013 was evidence that he has great talent, but there’s always the chance that his potential might not be realised.
If he wants to build on his two senior caps for England he’ll have to do better than the mid-table finish Palace are aiming for this season, but that shouldn’t be a problem in the long-run.
Perhaps it was just that he joined United too soon in his career, with the departure of Ferguson not helping the situation. One thing’s for sure, his development has accelerated since his decision to call time on his United shot.
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