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Zaha positive about future with Van Gaal

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By Joe Haining

Thursday 31 July 2014

Manchester United wide man Wilfried Zaha is looking forward to a fresh start at Old Trafford under his new manager, reports Sky Sports.

Wilfried Zaha

Zaha failed to impress David Moyes last season after Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson, who had signed Zaha from Crystal Palace for £15 million in the 2013 January transfer window.

After starting in the Community Shield victory over Wigan Athletic, Zaha made just one further start in the Capital One Cup thrashing of Norwich City, and two substitute appearances in Premier League games against Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

In January this year, he was sent out on loan to Cardiff City for the remainder of the season where he made 12 Premier League appearances as well as one outing in the FA Cup.

But now Ivory Coast-born Zaha, who already has two senior caps for England, is back at Manchester United and is excited to be working with new manager Louis van Gaal.

“Louis van Gaal has let me know that he believes in me,” Zaha said. “He'll tell you exactly how he wants it. He won't beat about the bush or not tell you anything. He will just tell you, and that helps you instead of isolating you. He will let you know exactly where you are and what you're doing wrong.”

Zaha insists that despite certain rumours his attitude was not the reason for his lack of opportunities last season, simply that he did not fit in with Moyes’ plans.

“If you are not the manager's cup of tea, you can't do anything about it. There was nothing I could do about it,” said the 21-year-old. “The manager had his way of playing and maybe I just didn't suit it.”

Recognising the fickle nature of football and the opportunity he now has, Zaha said: “You get ups and downs. The season before at Palace was great but last season was a bad one. I have started off fresh this time. Last season I had no chance, but this season anything can happen. It's a clean slate for me.”

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