Wilfried Zaha has revealed that David Moyes discouraged him from playing his natural game during his disappointing spell at Manchester United.
The Crystal Palace winger told Sky Sports’ Soccer AM that Moyes asked him to put his trademark tricks away in a bid to make him more disciplined.
Zaha was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for a £15m package in January 2013 – fee reported by BBC Sport – before being loaned back to Palace, and was left for Moyes to nurture upon Ferguson’s retirement.
He failed to make a Premier League start in United’s disastrous year under Moyes, when they finished a record low of seventh, and was allowed to return to the Eagles upon Louis van Gaal’s arrival in 2014.
Alan Pardew has since taken the shackles off the 23-year-old and has been rewarded with an improved end product. Zaha has scored six goals in 31 games since being re-signed by Palace permanently.
As The Mirror reports, Van Gaal is targeting a speedy wide-man in the January transfer window and is having to rely on youngster Jesse Lingard in the meantime. Did United give up on Zaha too early?
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