Manchester United bound winger Wilfried Zaha has admitted that he will be a little starstruck when he arrives at Old Trafford in the summer.
Excitement has been building over the winger’s impending arrival, especially with United enduring a torrid time on the wings this season with Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani all experiencing below-par campaigns.
Already a full England international, following a cameo appearance against Sweden in November, many are looking forward to seeing the 20-year-old at Old Trafford, but Zaha has admitted there will be both excitement and anxiety on his part.
“I am nervous and excited,” he told The Sun.
“I cannot wait. It will be something different. When I walk into that dressing room at United, I do not know what I will feel. I will keep my head down as I am there to play football.”
“But I have to admit I will be a little bit starstruck. Van Persie and Giggs will be there – wow. Rooney will be there – amazing. How can I not look forward to this?”
Zaha was signed from boyhood club Crystal Palace in January in a deal rumoured to be around £15 million, and has been in good form for the Championship outfit, making it onto the player of the year short list following an impressive six goals and ten assists in his 40 league appearances.
Widely tipped as one of the best young talents outside the Premier League, Zaha is expected to put up a fight for a starting spot immediately with his swash-buckling style causing problems for teams in the Championship and troubling United when the two sides met last season.
However, he maintains he will have to be patient at his new club.
He continued: “I have to be patient. I do not expect to walk in and play week-in-week-out. Once I get the chance, I will take it.
While the Ivory Coast born starlet has been experiencing something of a barren spell in recent weeks, he insists he is entirely focused on finishing the season strongly, and refuted claims that his barren spell is down to his head being elsewhere.
“The priority now is Crystal Palace.
“I can only assure everyone that this is the case. I’ve had a little dip in my performance since I signed for United, I will not deny that, but I have to get back to what I do well.”
His current side are a dead cert for the end of season play-off’s and Zaha is desperate to help his boyhood team make it to the Premier League ahead of his summer departure.
“All I can do is keep my head down. I have to try and cope with this success, while doing my best for Palace until the end of the season,” he said.
There is a real buzz about Zaha making the move to Old Trafford and it won’t be long before we see if he can continue his form and see if he can hit the road running for United from the get go.