Wilfried Zaha admits to major Sir Alex Ferguson regret from tough Man Utd spell
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Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has opened up on his difficult spell at Manchester United and a regret he had about Sir Alex Ferguson.
Zaha has enjoyed success with boyhood club Palace in recent years since rejoining from United.
The Ivory Coast international spent two years contracted to the Red Devils, but made just two appearances for the Premier League giants.
Zaha was brought in by Ferguson for a reported £10m, but found game time hard to come by when the Scot was replaced by David Moyes.
And the 28-year-old admits that it was trickier to get a chance under Moyes as he left him out in the cold.
“Many people said I was a flop in the Premier League when I didn’t even play for Man United”, the 28-year old said
“And yeah, I regret Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit because he probably had plans for me. But then there was a new manager that came in and everything changed for me. It was hard.
“My relationship with David Moyes? It was okay. Obviously I didn’t play much so we didn’t speak all the time but we never had any arguments so it was alright.”
While Zaha did not go on to become a club legend for United, he admits that he learned a lot of important lessons that have moulded him into the player and the person he is today.
“I just learned that you have to do things for yourself sometimes,” he went on. “And that basically even if you are not playing whatever, there is no point sulking around. Just train hard for yourself, that’s what I learned.
“So yeah, going to Man United helped me mentally as well as a player because you have to overcome things to get where you wanna get to.”
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“But it was hard off the pitch. The fame from leaving Crystal Palace for Man Utd was massive and I had to learn to deal with it all.
“People help you out and tell you to do this and to do that so eventually you just get used to it as you know what things to do and what not to do. And many people at Man United helped me."
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