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Man Utd Flop: Why I Failed At Old Trafford

Manchester United Flop: Why I Failed At Old Trafford

By Keegan Kruger - Apr 26, 2018 05:44 PM @KeeganKruger

A Manchester United flop, once highly rated by Sir Alex Ferguson, has opened up to why he did not make the grade at Old Trafford.

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The English-born Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha signed for the Red Devils back in 2013 from Crystal Palace but after a year filled with struggles and disappointments, he ended up moving back to Selhurst Park.  

The 25-year-old, who managed to only make four appearances for United, blames himself for his failure and admitted he was not fully focused on developing as a professional at the time.  

“Me going to a big club when I was like 19 or 20, I didn’t know what to expect, how to behave, whatever,” Zaha told Skysports.

“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 United. I think in football, most of it is just mental. Once you’ve got that sorted, then you’re good.”

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Zaha has now developed into one of the Premier League’s best wingers and has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester City recently.

Do you think the Red Devils needed to be more patient with Zaha? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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KhothaKhosi Joined: 15 Feb 2018
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KhothaKhosi Apr 30, 2018 09:53 AM
He was young and there was tight competition at the time at United. He has improved a lot. Not the first one to go and improve elsewhere anyway. Well done for yourself Zaha. Keep growing your game.
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Ngalonde Joined: 18 Sep 2012
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Ngalonde Apr 28, 2018 10:37 AM
@ProffessorS Not forgetting one of our own, Quinton Fortune
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ProffessorS Apr 27, 2018 11:47 AM
@Boris Becker paul ince,andy cole,dwight yorke,eric djemba djemba,louis saha,nani,anderson,ashley young,antonio valencia,patrice evra,all these black players were signed by & played for sir alex winning lots of trophies for United,so pls get your facts straight....
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CHICHARITO14 Apr 26, 2018 08:12 PM
@Boris Becker why are swearing #PHEFENI_HOOLIGAN?
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CHICHARITO14 Joined: 07 Jun 2012
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CHICHARITO14 Apr 26, 2018 08:11 PM
Zaha aint no flop.
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Boris Becker Joined: 23 May 2017
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Boris Becker Apr 26, 2018 07:42 PM
Ferguson was never a fan of Black players qha ke
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Boris Becker Apr 26, 2018 07:42 PM
Minqundu yenu Zaha is not a flop Swinney

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