Wilfried Zaha is a young man under a lot of pressure because of the fact he’s signed for Manchester United at such a young age.
There are several reasons why he’s already a better player than the one United forked out £12 million for and they all revolve around his work at Crystal Palace this season.
Bear in mind, this is only a 20-year-old lad, just out of his teenage years with a lot to still learn and experience in the game.
He’s already been subjected to some horrific verbal abuse in the Championship because he’s now a Manchester United player. The draw against Leeds over the weekend saw him gesture towards those supporters but there is positivity behind it.
Not the gesture, the fact he’s already going to be hardening up internally, getting ready for the abuse that follows United players to certain Premier League grounds in the country e.g. Anfield and the Etihad stadium.
This tells us a lot about his attitude and personality as a professional footballer. He’s a gutsy young man who isn’t intimidated, scared or afraid of a challenge. These are all very important factors which United may have been a little unsure over when they signed him.
His form and numbers don’t seem to have taken a big knock since he signed for Manchester United which is also a positive.
In total, he’s scored six goals and created eight assists in a total of 35 Championship games. He’s maintained the form which got him signed from Crystal Palace in the first place and the means the valuable commodity in football of consistency. It seems as though he’s only going forward.
His decision making for a young man seems to be superb in the sense that he knows the fine line between whether to lay the ball off, pull out of an attacking move or go for goal himself.
This links in with his basic core skills of crossing and passing, which have only got better since he signed on the dotted line for United. These are basic skills for a winger, something United may have feared they would have to work heavily on but something which now makes him more reliable and potentially devastatingly consistent.
Sir Alex Ferguson will have to curb certain elements of his personality because of his age and just the way he sometimes behaves during games but all of the signs are positive and United have surely paid a better price, than they would have been forced to fork out in the summer.
United fans, how much of an impact do you think he’ll have?
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