Two years ago, there was much discussion that Wilfried Zaha would be challenging for a place in the England World Cup squad for this summer, after making his £15million move to Old Trafford to then find himself out of favour, even in the reserves and later loaned out to Cardiff City. With so much prospect for the 21-year-old in the early stages of his career, what is next for Wilfried Zaha?
The arrival of Louis Van Gaal will at least lighten up the pressure on Wilfried Zaha because of two things:
There was much speculation regarding why Wilfried Zaha was not getting his chance at Manchester United, with one rumour that quickly spread regarding relations with David Moyes’ daughter, Lauren. Speculation that Zaha himself was quick to rubbish on social media. Zaha was basically tipped to be the driving force for Manchester United in the coming years but this force has seemed to fade out after last summers pre-season tour in which he did impress. David Moyes didn’t seem to rate Zaha both on and off the pitch with rumours coming out of Carrington that Wilfried was indeed lazy in training. Zaha himself turned up late to his loan exit meeting which the deal was agreed for him to go to Cardiff City, with Moyes making sure that Warren Joyce placed Zaha on the bench for the under-21s as a punishment for turning up late to such a meeting.
Will Louis Van Gaal get the best out of Wilfried Zaha? Van Gaal will be given time by the board to assess his players and allow him to choose whom he wants and who he sees as not good enough for the future of Manchester United, Zaha will be one of the main talking points. At 21 years of age, it is his time to shine and prove to Van Gaal that he is worthy of wearing United’s colours.
One thing that is in favour of Zaha is Van Gaal loves to give young talent a chance and Zaha will definitely get his time. Van Gaal will not allow Zaha to be sold until he is fully convinced that he has no potential to play for United.
Zaha must use this to the maximum of his abilities and emulate the form he produced when he played for Crystal Palace which persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to pay such a huge amount for him.
Many will say that he has not played well even under Solskjaer at Cardiff City. But we all know what Van Gaal is capable of. If he can do something to make Zaha like the one who blazed the flanks with such ease during his time with Crystal Palace, then we have found ourselves a winner. Time will tell.