Wilfried Zaha: I had to be mentally strong after Manchester United

by Marwan Harraz

Former Manchester United man Wilfried Zaha has opened up on his past at the club and revealed what it was moving to Old Trafford at such a young age.

The Ivorian left the club under unfortunate circumstances but has been able to reestablish himself elsewhere and enjoy some level of success.

Zaha has been one of Crystal Palace’s most important players this season and is featuring alongside another United player in Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

The tricky winger didn’t have such a great time though before making the move to the London club and has admitted to it partially being his fault.

Some supporters criticised his mental strength and he’s happily discussed that as well as how he improved after departing the Red Devils.

According to Give Me Sport, Wilfried said: “Me going to a big club when I was like 19 or 20, I didn’t know what to expect, how to behave, whatever.

“I was just a youngster who wanted to do tricks, I didn’t even care about end product really. Now I take things a lot more seriously – the gym aspect, recovery after games, my decision-making.

“I’ve learnt a lot in terms of my all-round game. I’m totally different now. I’m definitely more mature and more strong-minded. I had to be mentally strong after what I went through at Manchester United.

“I think in football, most of it is just mental. Once you’ve got that sorted, then you’re good.”

Manchester United certainly could’ve done with the presence of another winger in their side with them experiencing persistent issues with a lack of width.

Wilfried Zaha is a better player now than he was back then but it’s fair to say Jose Mourinho won’t be bringing him back to Old Trafford.

The Portuguese manager has already insisted his happiness with his attacking options and will instead turn his attention towards his midfield and defence.

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