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Zaha: Your dream doesn’t fade away unless you let it

by Sam Peoples

News and updates on Wilfried Zaha have been far and far between since he moved back to Crystal Palace on loan this year.

It’s been a mixed bag of performances for Zaha and although he hasn’t had the same sort of influence for Palace as he did back in their promotion season in the Championship, he has certainly had more opportunities than he would have got under Louis van Gaal.

Despite his rocky start as a United player, Zaha is not giving up on his ambition and has cited Gareth Bale’s rise to prominence as inspiration.

“Your dream doesn’t fade away unless you let it!”

“…But I think Wilfried knows he has to change as well. There are some parts of his game he has to change to become a top player and that’s what he is working on at the moment, because he wants to be a top player.” Neil Warnock

Zaha had the talent at United but overall as a player he was far too raw to make it at United straight away and speaking about his opportunities at Crystal Palace, Neil Warnock feels Zaha has learned and improved during his loan spell.

“Young lads in particular are hot and cold,” he said.

“They are up and down and you have to manage them and have a look and when they are up, use them and when they are down take them out of the limelight.

“He hasn’t played as many games as he would like but I think he is improving as a player and a person and that will help him.

“Wilf does need coaching and encouragement and sometimes you haven’t got time at the big clubs — they are all top international players — whereas I think Wilfried has been learning all the time since he has been with us.”

Bale’s story is a fairytale rise all the way up to his position as one of the best in the world, so it’s no surprise to see Zaha cite him as an example of inspiration but the 22-year-old has some way to go yet, something he is more than likely aware of.

Will he come back to United? At this stage it is all conjecture but Louis van Gaal may well not have a place for him in his squad.

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