United doesn’t always get the best out of players. And Crystal Palace manager, Alan Pardew has blamed them for the lack of development which Zaha has suffered.
Zaha was impressive for Palace in the Championship and this led to United plucking him up in 2013 before making his debut in July, but he still struggled for game time.
The 22-year-old has moved back to Crystal Palace, but has struggled to recapture his form. And Pardew has blamed his stay at United for the pause in his progression.
“Manchester United took a risk, really, because he hadn’t done it at Premier League level,” he said.
“Maybe you could argue he needed a year in the Premier League to really develop and the year going to Man United set him back, there’s no doubt about that.
“He didn’t get game time, didn’t get the experience, he was trying to get into a great team. It’s very difficult.”
Since taking over at Palace in January, Pardew has wanted more out of Zaha, and feels while there have been positives from the winger, there are also two key areas that still need work.
“Wilf has done a lot of things well since I arrived at this club,” he continued.
“His defensive attitude has been on the money. His ability on the ball is on the money. He’s a very good player, one of the best to work with on the ball.
“It’s getting him on the ball which is the next phase for him and the end product.”