Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge of Manchester United for 26 years. During his time in charge, he guided United to countless success and he bought some of the best players in the world. But his last gift, was signing one of the brightest talents in England.
Wilfried Zaha will finally join up with his new teammates in the summer after completing a move to Manchester United in January. Zaha was sent back to Crystal Palace on loan in a bid to get them back to the Premier League.
On Monday, Crystal Palace faced Watford in the Championship play-off final. A dull game was ticking along towards penalties, until Zaha produced a piece of magic to change that.
Zaha received the ball and ran at Marco Cassetti, much like he had done throughout the game. This time though, there was a slight end product.
Zaha drew the foul from the Italian and won a penalty. A penalty that was converted by veteran Kevin Philips. A goal that won the 120million pound game.
Throughout the match, Zaha showed that he had a lot of ability but lacked the end product. He would beat a man but the delivery was poor. He had the chance to go in on goal but his final touch let him down. It kind of resembled the performances that Nani has put in throughout his time at Old Trafford.
But in that moment where Zaha won the penalty, you knew that he was capable of producing on the big stage. He proved that in the semi-final against Brighton where his two goals in the second leg guided Palace to Wembley. What was also important against Brighton was that despite things not going his way in the first 15 minutes and the crowd getting on his back, Zaha didn’t crumble under the pressure. He kept on going, thriving under the pressure and won the game.
United will inherit a player who has been in great form, someone who is full of confidence and a player who has a great attitude and a hunger to progress.
Zaha has all the skills and the confidence to beat a man. But something that he will need to work on is his end product. If he wants to be a world class player and a regular at United, an end product is a must.
There is a spot available in the United squad at the moment for Zaha.
United lack in real quality out wide. Nani has been hit and miss. More miss than hit. The Portuguese star is so erratic. When everything he tries works, he is someone that you want on the pitch. It’s just a shame that those games are so few and far between. Majority of the time, he is just a liability when in possession of the ball.
Antonio Valencia had a great start to his career at Manchester United. He had pace and power. He was voted fans and players player of the year in 2011-12. But this season, Valencia has been a shadow of his former self. He doesn’t seem to want to go past defenders like he use to do and seems to stop and go backwards. It may just be a blip in form.
Ashley Young made a flying start to his United career and was excellent in his first few games for United, most notable the 8-2 humiliation of Arsenal. Since those breathtaking performances, Young has suffered injuries and never regained that form.
There’s youngster Adnan Januzaj, who has been outstanding for the United under-21 side. He will certainly feature next season, but is one for the future.
Other players have been used out wide for United last season. Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have been used out wide and so has Shinji Kagawa. Kagawa’s former boss, Jurgen Klopp feels United are wasting the Japanese star by deploying him out wide. Klopp feels that Kagawa has the best nose for goal he has ever seen and needs to be played through the middle. Rooney is also wasted out wide.
United were in the market for a winger. They now have that in Zaha. The youngster needs to keep working hard. He has a great attitude and will need that to be one of the best. It will be interesting to see who David Moyes sees as surplus to requirements. If Nani leaves as speculated, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Zaha in United’s starting eleven next season.