United prospect has not 'spat out his dummy' - Crystal Palace boss

Wilfried Zaha

Neil Warnock does not believe that Wilfried Zaha has kicked up a fuss having been left on the substitutes bench for the Eagles win over Leicester.

The 21-year-old winger completed a loan return back to Selhurst Park at the end of the summer transfer window, having left to join Manchester United following Palace’s promotion to the Premier League in 2013.

The twice-capped England international failed to settle during his first season at Old Trafford, making just two Premier League appearances for the Red Devils, before being shipped of on loan to Cardiff City for the second half of the season. With Cardiff he enjoyed a consistent run of first-team action, although he failed to repeat the form that saw United splash out a reported £10 million fee on the youngster.

He again looked unlikely to make an impact at Old Trafford this season, and completed his return to Selhurst Park, scoring an injury time equaliser on his second debut at Newcastle.

He started Palace’s next game, a 0-0 draw with Burnley, but has missed the last two, resigned to remain on the bench during wins over Everton then Leicester. Zaha has frequently come under criticism for his supposed attitude to the game, and manager Neil Warnock was quick to stress that the youngster accepted remaining on the bench, despite the fact the pair have yet to discuss the subject.

The 65-year-old coach told the Express: "I haven't spoken to Wilfried [Zaha] about last weekend.

"The lads have told me he has been fantastic in training.

"I don't think he has spat out his dummy!”

During his time with United last season, reports surfaced claiming that Zaha’s attitude in training was the reason then-head coach David Moyes was unwilling to play the winger. A move back to the club of his youth was said to be a good idea to right his mentality, and if Warnock is not worried about his application to the game, then maybe the youngster can start to catalyse his career and prove his worth in the Premier League.

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