Zaha joined United back in the summer of 2013 with a blossoming reputation, but struggled to make an impact as he found first-team opportunities hard to come by.
The 21-year-old winger says that after Van Gaal took charge last summer he barely even got a chance to speak to the Dutchman, and was grateful that he was allowed to move away from Old Trafford.
“He spoke to me now and then,” he said. “The only thing I was happy about was that he let me go out on loan. He did not muck me around. So I have to thank him for that. A manager has got to do what a manager has got to do.”
Although Zaha failed to make the desired impact at United, he is thriving back at a club that have put their faith in him.
Zaha dazzled at Selhurst Park earlier in his career and seems to be regaining his confidence now that he is back there on a permanent basis – following a January deal.
On his day, the England international can be a major threat to any defence and he is already a key player for Palace.
Zaha and Yannick Bolasie offer Palace pace and trickery on either flank and they are two players Alan Pardew will be looking to build around in the years to come.