Wilfried Zaha has vowed to make a name for himself under Louis van Gaal‘s stewardship and fulfil the potential which earned him a move to Manchester United.
Last season was a disaster on all fronts for United and Zaha’s debut campaign suffered as a consequence, something not even a loan spell to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Cardiff City could rectify.
However, Zaha will only be looking ahead towards this season new season and is happy now that he can start on a clean slate.
“I just have to work hard and I have just done what he has asked,” Zaha said.
“He said if I worked hard I would get my chance. It definitely is [a fresh start]. All I can do is work hard and see how the season goes. It’s a clean slate for me.”
Zaha also praised Van Gaal’s direct coaching methods and feels confident he will improve by playing under him.
When asked if Van Gaal had made any promises, Zaha said: “No, he’s just let me know that he believes in me.
“I can’t tell what’s going to happen with the club but we have a great manager and I am sure he will change things here. He will 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 or just not telling you. He will let you know exactly where you are and what you are doing wrong.”
Referencing last season, Zaha added: “When things aren’t going well then all sorts of stories come out about you. I will get my head down and carry on playing.
“I have heard that before he came, so I am buzzing to hear that he will give youngsters a chance. That’s all I really [wanted] since I came here. I just want to be a Manchester United player. Hopefully this season I will get the chance.”
Plenty of questions were asked about Zaha’s attitude but he has insisted that was never the problem, so it is now down to the 21-year-old to prove he has the mentality and quality to make it at United.