Neville reveals why he thinks Zaha struggled at Manchester United

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The Crystal Palace winger failed to make an impact during his short time at Old Trafford, and the United legend suggested why.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville shed some light on why Wilfried Zaha struggled after signing for the Red Devils in 2012, while commentating for Sky Sports on Chelsea's win over the winger's Crystal Palace side.

When asked whether Zaha may have been a little overawed by a move to Old Trafford, Neville responded honestly, saying: “I think so, yes.

“He’ll be better off playing more games at Crystal Palace. He was a little bit raw at United and it was too early for a move."

The England assistant felt there were areas of Zaha's game the youngster could still work on, but that time was very much on his side.

“Things like playing the right ball forward he could work on, but that’ll come with age," Neville added. "He’s still young.”

Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson's last signing at United, being agreed in the middle of his final season only for the young winger to spend the rest of that campaign helping Palace into the Premier League.

When he arrived at Old Trafford in the summer, he struggled to make an impact on new manager David Moyes first team plans, and was largely absent from United's lineup in his only season at the club.

With just four appearances to his name, Zaha ended up heading out on loan in Cardiff's ill-fated attempts to escape relegation last year, before Louis van Gaal also deemed him surplus to requirements and subsequently loaning the 22-year-old back to former club Palace.

That move was made permanent in January, and the England international has continued to build up his Premier League CV under the guidance of Alan Pardew.

Given his age, there is plenty of time for Zaha to forge a top-class career, but considering Ferguson's successful track record with talented youngsters, it makes you wonder how the Londoner would have done if the United legend had remained in charge for one more season. 

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