It was a case for too much too soon for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha when he made a dream move to Manchester United in 2013.
We think it is fair to say that if you either young or a winger or maybe even a combination of both if you are really unlucky, then you do not really stand a chance at Manchester United at the moment. And this goes for the past six-or-so years since Sir Alex Ferguson departed, as well.
Wilfried Zaha was one of the last signings the great Ferguson made before waving goodbye to the Old Trafford faithful, but it certainly was not his best.
“We like to sign players with potential,” manager Sir Alex Ferguson said following the completion of the deal estimated to be worth upwards of £15million. “We develop players and that’s been proven many times. Hopefully the boy enjoys it here.”
While potential was something the tricky Wilfried Zaha had in abundance, proof of said potential never really transpired. The Ivory Coast international struggled to force his way into the first team and only made two Premier League appearances off the bench – for a combined 28 minutes.
According to then boss Neil Warnock, Zaha felt “let down by Manchester United” because they did not give a proper opportunity to shine. And in a way, we do feel a little sorry for him.
“I went through so much with United, with England. There were rumours that the reason I wasn’t playing for United was because I slept with David Moyes’s daughter, and no one attempted to clear that up. So I was fighting my demons by myself, these rumours that I knew weren’t true,” he said.
“I was dealing with this at 19; living in Manchester by myself, nowhere near anyone else, because the club had a hold over where I lived… I’m living in this hell by myself, away from my family, and I thought: ‘If this doesn’t make me stronger, what will?’”
A desperately sad sounding situation for the lad, we admit. Every club should take full responsibility for their players, especially those in development, to ensure their wellbeing is protected and it just does not seem like that happened in this case.
Zaha has since picked his career up back with the Eagles at Selhurst Park.
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