Former Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has opened up about life under David Moyes at Old Trafford.
Zaha made just two appearances for Man United during his two years at the club and he has explained where he feels things went wrong for him under former manager Moyes. The 23-year-old was Sir Alex Ferguson‘s last signing for the club but was never given the chance to play for the Scot, after he spent his first six months as a Red on loan at Crystal Palace.
When the midfielder eventually joined up with his new teammates, Moyes was the man in charge and the two never seemed to hit it off and Zaha was once again sent out on loan. The Englishman has now revealed what the manager wanted from him that he did not agree with, which could have lead to his departure the following season.
“Under David Moyes I had to adjust my game,” Zaha said on Soccer AM.
“Certain managers want a trustworthy player, someone that will always keep the ball.
“But he was the only one who told me to stop some of the tricks and keep the ball in certain areas. So I tried to adjust my game then.”
It is fair to say that young, exciting players should be encouraged to express themselves on the football pitch and it seems as if Zaha was not given this opportunity. However, different managers like to play football in their own respective ways which is something the youngster will have to learn going forward.
Regardless of Moyes’s inadequacies as a manager, Zaha never seemed to have the mentality to make it as a United player. Some of the best players in the world have to be able to change their game according to the manager they are playing under and Zaha gives off the impression that that is something he was not willing to do. Knowing this, it is not a surprise that his United career never worked out the way he would have liked.