By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Wilfried Zaha has lifted the lid on his disastrous Manchester United spell as Crystal Palace prepare to take on his former club this afternoon.
The Palace winger addressed rumours he fell down the United pecking order because he slept with David Moyes’ daughter and claimed he was mostly ignored by the Old Trafford bosses during his time at the club.
Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last United signing in January 2013, when he joined from Crystal Palace in a 15million deal, but re-joined the south London club 18 months later following a loan spell at Cardiff.
He said: “The thing that really frustrated me about the whole United thing was the fact that people didn’t know what actually went on at the training ground,” he says. ‘There were just a load of rumours that used to just come out somehow and people would believe them.
“It was either I slept with David Moyes’s daughter or I have got a bad attitude. Those are the two rumours that stuck with me until I left. I have had no say since then.
“As soon as anybody sees me now, people think, ‘Wilfried Zaha, bad attitude.’ I don’t understand why.”
Zaha confirmed in an interview with Mail Online that he has never met Moyes’s daughter, Lauren.
Ferguson retired six months after Zaha signed and the 22-year-old claimed he was mostly ignored by his successor Moyes.
“I was disappointed (when Sir Alex retired),” said Zaha. “I was looking forward to working with him but I’m not going to beg him to come back on my account. I just had to get on with it.
“I think I did OK in pre-season, won a man of the match, but as soon as Moyes came he said I wasn’t ready for the Premier League.
“I didn’t really understand it. I never got a response really. The only thing that I could think of was the bad game against Wigan in the Community Shield. It stresses me out if I mess up. I beat myself up. But I just thought, ‘You have seen me play in pre-season, you have seen that I am at least decent enough to score a goal or something’. From there, he just stopped playing me.”