Wilfried Zaha has admitted his future at Manchester United would have been in doubt had David Moyes remained manager going into this summer.
The 21-year-old’s first season at United was more nightmare than fairytale because after limited appearances and opportunities, he was shipped off to Cardiff on loan where he experienced the pain of relegation.
Up until now, he has kept his frustrations to himself but in an interview with Charlie Wyett from The Sun, he has been very candid with his feelings toward this season.
“I signed for Sir Alex Ferguson and expected him to be the manager,” he said.
“David Moyes arrived and obviously felt — in general — he had to play older players.
“For some games I was not even on the bench. That was tough, very frustrating.
“You need the manager to trust you and that was not the case.
“Raheem Sterling went through a tough period at Liverpool and there was talk of him going out on loan.
“But Brendan Rodgers trusted him and he was allowed to get that experience and pull through.”
There were real expectations after the pre-season for Zaha but for whatever reason, Moyes didn’t give him the opportunities he wanted.
Rumours suggested that Zaha’s attitude behind the scenes simply wasn’t good enough but he has defended himself and questioned whether it was fair that Adnan Januzaj was given more opportunities than him.
As for a new boss at United, Zaha said: “I hope whoever comes in will let me give it my best.
“I hope to still have a future there. I will go in for pre-season and give my best.
“Had the manager stayed, I am not sure if that would have been the case.
“I have four years left on my contract at United.
“Had Moyes stayed I would have had to think about some other options.
“I will benefit from this tough year. Everything cannot go right all the time.
“I signed for United, was allowed to go back to Palace on loan to help them get into the Premier League, and then went back to United.
“I played pre-season and then at Wembley in the Community Shield against Wigan. It was magical. My career was going too well to be true.
“Everyone at United made me really feel at home. They are decent lads at United — all of them.
“In the Community Shield I didn’t play very well because I was nervous.
“It was the same for England against Scotland. I was all over the place. We all have a bad day.
“I thought ‘when I get my next chance, I will do better’ but I didn’t get many more.
“I just needed a couple of games to get used to the surroundings and play the way I know I can.
“I don’t know if I was the gaffer’s cup of tea.
“The only time he had reason to have a go at me was when I was playing in a reserve game.
“There was so much traffic, I was half an hour late. That was very unfortunate.
“Adnan Januzaj got given more of a chance. I thought I deserved the same treatment.”
Zaha should be more frustrated that Young and Valencia were given game time despite being in such poor form rather than being frustrated at the opportunities Januzaj was given.
Next season, Zaha should be given a fresh opportunity to impress at Old Trafford.
In the Championship with Crystal Palace, he lit up the pitch when on form but we haven’t seen that Zaha yet.
However, with Moyes not there anymore, Zaha will want to attack next season and show why he was worth the £15 million United paid for him.