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Zaha: I’m not sure I will ever get used to playing for Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Wilfried Zaha has been in inspiring form ever since Manchester United secured his signature in a £15 million January deal.

He has helped Crystal Palace to only three points off an automatic promotion spot in The Championship and scored his first international goal this week with England’s U21s.

But critics are already questioning whether or not Zaha has the talent to transfer his skills up to the Premier League.

Speaking to the Daily MirrorZaha admitted he was keen to show his skills on the biggest of all stages.

“It means a lot to me because, for all the good stuff I hear about me, people saying I’m a good player, there are many that say I’m over-rated,” he said.

“So this is a great chance for me to show what I’m all about and why I have got to where I am now.

“It will be more practice for me this summer for when I go into pre-season training with Manchester United.

“It’s a chance for me to better myself in different ways and to go out and prove myself on a big stage.

“I’m not sure I will ever get used to it. I’m going to have to try and get used to it and go and play my own game.”

Crystal Palace fans will staunchly defend Zaha’s rise to the Premier League having watched him grow from a young boy in their academy system into the player he is today.

Zaha has showcased his silky skills, quick feet, intelligence and eye for goal this season and only looks to be getting stronger as the run-in kicks into gear.

But after scoring his first international goal on Thursday, Zaha admits that the pressures of being a footballer do get to him.

“I do feel the pressure and the hardest thing about being a footballer is to cope with it,” he said.

“I just get my head down and tell myself I’m there for a reason. Every time I go on the pitch I have to prove myself.

“It has been a dream being involved in the international set-up. I wanted to push on from just club football but being part of the whole set-up is incredible.”

The 20-year-old has also shown his versatility for Crystal Palace and England having played on both wings as well as playing up top, and he was playing through the middle when he scored his scorcher for England on Thursday.

Everyone knows that Ferguson loves a versatile player and it is something that Zaha wants to replicate at Manchester United and hopefully repeat the successes of Gareth Bale at Tottenham Hotspur.

He continued: “I have played out on the wing for Palace, but I used to play up top for the youth team. I’ve enjoyed it really.

“Gareth Bale has been ridiculous this season so if I could play anything like him I’d be very happy.”

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