'It crushed me' - Zaha opens up on how Ferguson's departure 'ruined' his Man United dream

'It crushed me' - Zaha opens up on how Ferguson's departure 'ruined' his Man United dream

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha had opened up on the challenges he faced during his ill-timed stint at Manchester United. 

The Ivorian struggled to hold down a place down at the Manchester club, eventually leaving permanently after an initial loan to his former side. 

The winger was signed by legendary manager Alex Ferguson during his last days at the club, and he admits his surprise exit totally affected him. 

"It crushed me a little bit because it was like, after speaking to him, it was a no-brainer that I wanted to go there. I had no idea he was leaving," he told Rio Ferdinand on his Youtube channel. 

"He didn’t tell me exactly how he wanted me to play. He just told me straightforward stuff like obviously you know ‘you’re going to have to fight for your position you’re not going to play all the time, there’s a lot of youngsters in the team so you’ll be able to go in with the likes of Welbeck and Cleverley,"

"I was like ‘that is more than fine all I want is my opportunity just to show what I can do’. It was a straightforward conversation."

He however has no regrets for the failed stint, saying he learnt a lot and made friends during his days.

"There’s never regrets Rio. I met so many amazing players that I watched from when I was young. You (Rio) were there, Giggsy was there, Rooney was there, Van Persie was there.

"So many players I’ve managed to learn from so it’s never regrets.  I’m sitting in the same changing room as the players I’ve seen win titles after titles after titles that’s what I want in my career and it’s like I’m finally here with this lot. It’s different when you watch them first-hand."

The Ivorian made only for first team appearances at the Old Trafford club, despite working under David Moyes and his successor Lois van Gaal. 

He has however found his feet at the London club, leading to a host of clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal showing an interest in his services. 

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