Liverpool legend John Aldridge has questioned the level of support Wilfried Zaha was given at Manchester United, after watching the Palace winger tear Jurgen Klopp’s team to shreds.
The 22-year-old’s performance at Anfield on Sunday would have impressed the most cynical of onlookers, with plenty of others banging the drum for him to be reinstated in Roy Hodgson’s England squad ahead of the European Championships next summer.
Indeed, Aldridge seemed at a loss to imagine why Manchester United were so keen to offload the tricky wide man, after barely using him at any stage of his two year stint at Old Trafford.
It should be said at this juncture, that Wilf is a player who thrives on the confidence that is generated through the backing of his teammates, manager and supporters on a number of levels; a fact that is now being highlighted by his impressive performances from week to week in a Palace shirt.
The youthful exhuberance and cocky swagger that make him such a terror are the exact characteristics which were gradually choked out of his game by United’s coaches, unsurprisingly knocking his confidence and lessening the impact he could have on a game when offered the chance to shine.
Zaha, at his core, is a player you need to trust implicitly to draw the best out of. We as supporters have always known that and now, in Alan Pardew, he has a manager who does too.
Unfortunately, whilst at Manchester United, no one ever came close to feeling that way about him, not that it will come as a surprise to John Aldrige, who no doubt loved having a stick to beat the red side of Manchester over the head with when pressed on the subject.
Good on him.