Crystal Palace’s on-loan winger Wilfried Zaha was left bemused by Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
He was deemed, at the time, a perfect typical signing for United under Ferguson – complementing their philosophy of wide, fast-paced counterattacking football.
However, by the time Zaha joined up with his new teammates at Old Trafford, former boss Ferguson decided to retire from managerial duties and was replaced by fellow Scot David Moyes.
The subsequent 12 months waere a nightmare for both Zaha and the club, and the England international – now back on loan with the Eagles – has expressed his bewilderment over his Old Trafford move.
“Sir Alex obviously saw something in me and that’s why he brought me to United. But I never got to be coached by him. I signed and by the time I came back he had left. That was weird,” he explained.
“When I saw the news he was retiring, I was thinking ‘What’s going on? Why would he sign me if he knew he was going?”
“But I heard he had his own stuff to do so I can’t really hold that against him.”
Zaha has since regained his self-belief after returning to Selhurt Park on loan this season, starting nine Premier League matches for Alan Pardew’s side.
The South London club are arguably indebted to Zaha for his contribution towards gaining promotion, and now the burden may fall on his shoulders in helping them maintain their Premier League status.