Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has opened up on why he failed to make an impact during his time at Manchester United.
The Ivory Coast international came through the youth ranks at Selhurst Park and after a string of impressive displays as a teenager he became the last signing of the Sir Alex Ferguson era when he moved to Old Trafford for £15 million in 2013.
However, he would only make two appearances for United before being loaned out to Cardiff City and then eventually moving back to Palace on a full time deal in 2014.
Zaha has finally started to fulfil his undoubted potential in recent seasons and has been linked with a move to several top six clubs.
The 25-year-old recently gave a candid interview to Sky Sports during which he admitted that he was not mentally strong enough at the time to succeed at Old Trafford.
“Me going to a big club when I was like 19 or 20, I didn’t know what to expect, how to behave, whatever.”
“I was just a youngster who wanted to do tricks, I didn’t even care about end product really.”
“Now I take things a lot more seriously – the gym aspect, recovery after games, my decision-making. I’ve learnt a lot in terms of my all-round game.”
“I’m totally different now. I’m definitely more mature and more strong-minded. I had to be mentally strong after what I went through at Manchester United.”
“I think in football, most of it is just mental. Once you’ve got that sorted, then you’re good.”