Not everyone can make the cut at a big club, and Old Trafford has been a place that despite its illustrious reputation when it comes to starlets, has seen its fair share of flops.
However, it is not always the case of a manager being incapable of nurturing talent, and can often be a result of the players themselves proving incompetent to perform on the highest level, lacking the maturity that is required of one trying to excel.
More or less the same has been admitted by one player that was sold by United following a disappointing tenure, and now, he claims a different mentality is at the helm.
Wilfried Zaha was prized for greatness when Manchester United signed him from Crystal Palace back in 2013. However, in his short two-year tenure, he was able to muster a mere four senior appearances, culminating in Palace signing him back.
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Now, the 25-year-old, in an interview with Sky Sports, has revealed what went wrong: “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, he states that he is a changed man: “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.”
With 23 goals to his name in just 141 appearances, the forward has proven himself to be the kind of player United could really do well by buying back.