Zaha claims he was ‘set as much as fail’ by Van Gaal at Man Utd

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha says he was “set as much as fail” in his time working under Louis van Gaal at Man Utd.

Zaha sealed a £ 10m move to Man Utd in January 2013 from Crystal Palace earlier than staying at Selhurst Park for the rest of the season.

The Ivory Coast international spent two years under David Moyes and Van Gaal at Man Utd earlier than re-signing to Palace after an unsuccessful stint.


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After receiving some taking part in time under Moyes, he had a short loan spell with Cardiff City in 2014, earlier than returning to work under new boss Van Gaal.

And issues did not work out significantly better under Dutch, as Zaha defined to him On The Judy podcast: “I went back to United after that and it was Louis van Gaal by then. When he got here, it was after the World Cup the place Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben played upfront [for the Netherlands national team].

“It gave me two choices: you’re both a winger or an attacker. These are jobs I’ve by no means played earlier than, it was like I used to be set as much as fail.

“This was after coming back from the David Moyes period and I used to be baffled by how every thing did not work out for me. Then I am going back, I get both you’re an attacker or a winger back ‘- and I could not do both.

“I can range my recreation now. With years of taking part in you gain expertise. You have seen me play upfront for Palace nowadays. Back then I wasn’t good with my goal kick as a result of I did not have the attention. I would stand on the ball and the defender would poke it away. I wasn’t good with that. ”

He added: “I bear in mind I needed to play striker earlier than the season. We have been taking part in teams like Inter, I needed to play against [Nemanja] Vidic. We played against Real Madrid, I played against Pepe and [Sergio] Ramos upfront.

“It was like, ‘this man scares me’. Bro, I am thrown within the deep end against essentially the most terrible teams. ”

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