Manchester United loanee Wilfried Zaha has revealed that he has not given up hope of a career at Old Trafford, despite being currently sent out on-loan to Crystal Palace.
The 21-year-old winger began his career at Crystal Palace before moving to Manchester United in the summer of 2013 after a January deal had been agreed for the young winger. Zaha failed to feature in the Premier League under David Moyes who loaned the young winger out to Welsh club, Cardiff City.
Zaha had a mixed spell with Cardiff, with the Welsh club suffering relegation to the Championship. Louis Van Gaal is now the second United manager to keep the winger out of his immediate plans but the 21-year-old is not giving up hope of a career at Old Trafford.
“I signed for a couple of years at United so the goal is to do my best here for the season and go back and make sure I get back into the team and the England set-up,” he told reporters.
“It is just great to be playing again. There is nothing like being out on the pitch and the crowd singing your name. It was a bit frustrating. What am I doing if I am not playing?
“I know how everything works here and the gaffer just wants to give me game-time and wants me to improve so I am just glad I am back.”
Crystal Palace fans will be excited to have the talented young winger back at his boyhood club and he also managed to score for Neil Warnock’s side in a 3-3 draw with Newcastle to salvage a point for the London club in their last game before the international break.
Alex Ferguson was the manager that brought Zaha to Old Trafford and the young winger has admitted he had thought about leaving as he failed to convince David Moyes and now Louis Van Gaal has also opted to loan the player.
“Sir Alex Ferguson was the person who bought me. He left and people have different points of views on players.
“I thought about leaving for a while. Then I thought: ‘Let’s stay and prove how I can play to the new manager’. He felt it was best for me to go on loan and it was best for me to come home.”
Zaha will now hope to impress for Crystal Palace so he can earn a return to Manchester United next season when Louis Van Gaal may need more depth in his squad if they secure Champions League football.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena
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