Wilfried Zaha has a burning desire to prove that Manchester United were wrong not to give him a chance during his ill-fated stint at Old Trafford according to manager Alan Pardew.
Since returning to SE25, the winger has consistently played down the significance that comes with facing his former employers, but Pardew has always adopted a differing outlook, telling the press of the deep impact United’s snub had on the precocious talent.
It was a transfer that was supposed to be a springboard to great things for the Eagles academy graduate, but thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson’s shock departure from the Theatre Of Dreams, Zaha found himself cast aside by the cautious David Moyes; a man who appeared totally unwilling to roll the figurative dice in pursuit of glory.
Since returning to Selhurst Park, initially on loan before agreeing a permanent deal soon after, Wilfried has worked hard to recapture the spark that differentiated him from the masses, a struggle that Alan Pardew speaks about at some length in the article attached above.
Conversations with Sir Alex have led Pardew to push Zaha further and further in his development, having been bowled over by the potential he possesses, both in terms of skill and stamina, with both men agreeing that the sky is the limit for the current Crystal Palace Player Of The Year.
The interview with Pardew offers an insight into Zaha’s state of mind which you are unlikely to ever hear from the man himself. You can understand the reluctance Wilf displays when pressed for a comment on his failed days with the Reds, but with an FA Cup Final clash just a matter of days away, it’s good to hear categorically that he is as up for the challenge as anyone in our squad.
If he ends up playing a decisive part in a Palace victory I don’t think there will be a dry eye in the Palace end of Wembley Stadium on the 21st of May.