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Zaha: Oh my god! I’m in the United dressing room!

Manchester United’s new signing from Crystal Palace, Wilf Zaha, has been one of the highlights of the pre-season so far. He has played some great football and has shown himself to be an exciting player. However, having spent his career in the Championship, Zaha has admitted to being a bit star struck when around his new team mates.

“In the changing room I’m sitting between Ryan Giggs and Danny Welbeck, famous people who I watch all the time on TV,” he said. “I sit there and think, ‘Oh my God, I’m actually in the changing room with these guys’. I’m still a bit starstruck, if I’m honest. It’s a dream to be able to play with them but I’m obviously here for a reason. I worked hard at Palace to get the move I wanted and I just want to prove to people that I deserve to be here. For my first season the plan is to secure a first-team place. I just want to be able to play regularly. If I manage to accomplish that then I can move on to other things.”

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15 Comments

  1. newton says:

    I think he shouldn’t be sent out on loan. Let him bide his time and settle in to our way of playing. My guess is he will play for us. Can be frustrating at time but he’ll get better.

  2. The One says:

    I expect Zaha to play a big part in our success this year and in years to come!!

  3. bright says:

    Zaha is a great player and ll benefit from the greats at man utd like giggs, valencia, nani and young to become a world class winger

  4. LexxytheRed says:

    Could have used Giggs and Ferdinand as his source of Waoh, definitely not Welbeck.
    That said the main news of the press conference is that we are not close to signing a CM yet and we are less than a month away to the start of the league.

    When do we start the inevitable negotiation with Everton and Newcastle.

    Bill Kenright have the phone at standby all this while

  5. Al_Ameen says:

    Zaha been close to Ryan will really help him in to becoming a superstar from a hot prospect…moyes have confirmed our second bid for fabregas so lets hope it does persuade him to know moyes really is interested in him. But if they fail to accept lets go for modric or cabaye…

  6. cyrus says:

    Zaha looks very promising.. I wasn’t sure what we were getting exactly having only seen him play a handful of times for Palace.. Admittedly he has only really played against lower league opposition and the tours are never really anything to gauge a true reflection of a player. However, a rough diamond is possible here.

    … It’s clear to see he needs an arm round the shoulder at this stage and Moyes has made a clever move sticking him next to Giggs in the changing room. Once the lads confidence grows and he is a little less star-struck he may be a game changer.

    I wasn’t sure on his first touch but it’s certainly good enough after closer inspection.. And although slightly frustrating with his decision making, I think that has to be expected at first. His decision making will come, so will his time on the wing for us.

    On another note, does anyone get a feeling that Moyes may kick-start Nani into becoming a true United player? Nani has played some great games, however, when he hits a frustrating patch and injuries daunt him I always felt he needed a bit more love and I’m feeling optimistic that Moyes will bring the best out of him… Maybe it’s just wishful thinking though because we all know how good Nani can be on his day… i.e. those games against AC and Bayen a few years back (even though we got a bit screwed over by that red card to Rafael).

    Additionally, he was very unlucky to miss out on a few more individual awards a few seasons ago.

    Anyhow, time to tie up some deals.. Let’s hope AVB goes to Barca making it a little easier for us to potentially sign Bale.

  7. Kingsley says:

    Zaha is a good player and I like him, let give him a chance to prove hmself ok. United till I die

  8. King Eric says:

    Cyrus. You only have to think back to when Palace beat United at OT. He ripped us apart that night.

  9. Nesh says:

    Boys has the potential just depends on how moyes can shape him up to the finisshed product. I have a feeling if all goes well he could be another game changer a Ronaldo kind of a player.

    @ Cyrus i like ur comment about Nani if we could get him back to his best coupled with an arrival of Bale and Zaha/young/valencia as backup we will be okay

  10. cyrus says:

    Hey Eric, tell me about it he wasn’t to shabby that night was he.. That level at a consistent rate in the PL and Europe would see him become the player we all hope he can be.

    I’m always dubious about judging a player upon one performance mind especially against us and players often up there game against United. It is usually their ‘cup final’.. Without meaning to sound disrespectful of other teams.

    I feel confident in Moyes… Europe is my only real concern but if we have this ‘flexibility’ Moyes mentioned in his recent press conference then maybe next season may catch a few people by surprise.

    @Nesh… The thought of a return to form Nani in our current setup is exciting.. I am still not convinced on Young however. Would never knock the lad but I’m just not sure he is of United standard against the bigger teams.

  11. TheCANTONA says:

    cyrus says:

    Hey Eric, tell me about it he wasn’t to shabby that night was he.. That level at a consistent rate in the PL and Europe would see him become the player we all hope he can be.

    I’m always dubious about judging a player upon one performance mind especially against us and players often up there game against United. It is usually their ‘cup final’.. Without meaning to sound disrespectful of other teams.

    err like some certain player called CRISTIANO RONALDO?

  12. cyrus says:

    @ TheCANTONA … Do you consider Zaha of that potential or were you just referring to Ronaldo’s performance against us when at sporting?

  13. ini says:

    i tink zaha should stay and moyes should leave fabregas alone he does not want 2 play 4 man u instead he shuld go 4 fallaini and cabaye instead of wasting his tym

  14. LoneStarRed says:

    I watched some of the United game vs A-League Allstars ( wanted to watch all of it but that’s another story). Seeing Zaha display his raw talent was very very encouraging. His speed and touch on the move reminded me of a certain number 7 who now plays in Spain. Defenses will not want to see him running at them!

  15. kel says:

    Yeah I think Nani needed more confidence and love when he hit low patch. Seen on other site and here that Nani is still regarded well :) I hope he stays as he is the only one who can change the game and excite me. Not Young definitely.

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