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EPL: Alex Ferguson never spoke to me during my time at Man Utd – Wilfried Zaha

Former Crystal Palace manager, Neil Warnock has revealed that forward, Wilfried Zaha told him that former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson never spoke to him during his time at Old Trafford.

Warnock also stated that Zaha didn’t get much help at Man United and was hence brought back by Crystal Palace.

Zaha signed for Man United from Crystal Palace in January 2013 but remained on loan at the Eagles until the summer of 2013.

After making just four senior appearances for Man United, the 29-year-old was loaned out to Cardiff City in January 2014.

Zaha eventually returned to then Warnock-managed Crystal Palace, initially on loan in the summer of 2014 before the deal was made permanent the following summer.

Speaking about his former player, Warnock told Talksport: “I signed him when I went to Crystal Palace. He’s always loved there. I would have liked to see him go to another top club. When he came back to me when I re-signed him.

“I remember talking to him in the chairman’s office. I said to him, ‘Did you get on alright with Sir Alex?’ He said, ‘He never spoke to me once’.”

Warnock added: “He was only a young lad and went there and didn’t get a lot of help. I’d love to have seen him [at a top club]. When he’s got an arm around him, he’s so exciting to watch and so dynamic. I think he’s going to have an excellent season this year.”

Zaha has played 433 matches across all competitions for Crystal Palace so far, registering 86 goals and 73 assists.

The Ivorian was close to leaving Crystal Palace for Arsenal in 2019, but the move didn’t materialize.

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