Wilfried Zaha has finally opened up about the misery he faced during his brief and ultimately doomed stint at Manchester United.
Speaking to the national press in the build-up to this afternoon’s fixture with the Reds, Wilf addresses the rumours surrounding the supposed relationship he had with David Moyes’ daughter, as well as the misconceptions regarding his “attitude problems”.
Clearly deeply effected by the stories that were attached to him whilst in the North West, Zaha gives the impression of a man who is only now beginning to fully shake off the sense of deep-rooted frustration which began to take old shortly after making the switch to Old Trafford.
In what is an extremely insightful interview, Wilfried delves into the depth of his struggles, admitting that he was depressed whilst on their payroll, painting a damning picture of a club who were truly apathetic towards the needs and fragilities of a young player in desperate need of professional and personal guidance.
Understandably elated to be back in an environment that allows him to feel comfortable from day-to-day, Zaha describes his time at Palace in far more glowing terms, but for a player who is so quick to express himself on the football pitch, it must have been hard to have kept the emotions and concerns regarding his time at United bottled up for so long.
No one, including Zaha himself had suggested that he was anything approaching the finished article when Manchester United threw £15 million at the club in what would be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last lavish purchase whilst occupying the Old Trafford hot seat, but it didn’t stop the naysayers from having more than their fair share of digs at the winger’s expense.
The interview attached above does an extremely good job of conveying the difficulties endured by the Palace academy man, enabling both our supporters and neutrals to empathise with him over what very quickly turned from a dream and into a nightmare.
Any form of victory would taste incredibly sweet this afternoon, but were Wilf able to grab the winner, it would provide one of the most exhilarating moments in Selhurst Park’s recent history.