Wilfried Zaha claims he was set up to fail at Manchester United

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Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha has come out and claimed that he was destined for failure at Manchester United under then manager Louis van Gaal.

Zaha joined the Red Devils when the club was under the stewardship of Sir.Alex Ferguson after the Scot paid £10 million for the striker who was then at Crystal Palace.

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Unfortunately for Zaha Sir.Alex retired and one of his successors, Louis van Gaal, set the forward up to fail claims the former United player.

Speaking to On The Judy podcast, Zaha said: “I went back to United after that (the Cardiff loan), and it was Louis van Gaal by then.

“When he came, it was after the World Cup where he played Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben up front.

“He gave me two options; you’re either a wing-back or a striker. Those positions I’d never played before. It was like I’m being set up to fail.

“This was after coming back from David Moyes era and I was just shattered with how everything didn’t work out for me. Then I go back, I get ‘either you’re a striker or a wing-back’ – and I couldn’t do either.”

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Zaha ultimately ended up only making four appearances for the Red Devils before heading back to Palace for just £3.42 million.

Since his return to Selhurst Park Zaha has scored 66 goals in 382 games and has attracted the attention of other Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Everton.


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