Manchester United are primed to miss out on millions because Crystal Palace are open to doing a swap deal that would see Wilfried Zaha leave the club, reports say. The Ivory Coast international has been at the club ever since moving from the Red Devils back in the summer transfer window of 2015. And a move away from Selhurst Park could now take place.
Manchester United have made three additions to their squad so far this summer.
Tom Heaton joined on a free transfer from Aston Villa, with the veteran poised to keep David De Gea and Tom Heaton on their toes in the goalkeeping department.
United forked out £73million to bring Jadon Sancho to the club, four years after Jose Mourinho first tried to bring him in.
And Raphael Varane is the club’s third summer signing, with the Real Madrid star set to be officially confirmed as a Red Devil later this week.
United would, in an ideal world, still make a couple of signings before the transfer window slams shut on August 31.
But any further reinforcements will have to be funded either through players leaving or the club capitalising on clauses inserted in contracts.
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“My brother was up there at first with his family, but then he had to go back so I was just by myself throughout the whole David Moyes period – that’s when I just went through depression and all sorts.
“I couldn’t cook so I wasn’t even eating proper.
“When you know you’re not playing, the team are training and you’re just stood on the side doing some training drill.
“I remember it was just me and Kagawa doing some shooting drill just the two of us. So you know they don’t care about you basically. Not even training with the Under 23s, week in week out. You’re not getting a look in.”
Zaha also took aim at Louis van Gaal.
He added: “Under Van Gaal, I remember the Christmas. I knew I wasn’t gonna play or whatever. But I still got taken.
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“On Christmas Day you spend the morning with the family and then in the afternoon you report. But then because I was by myself, I had no one for Christmas – alone basically.
“And then, Doug he called me because he was in Manchester with his family. I ended up spending that Christmas morning at his house with his family because I had no one.
“After that I went and travelled, but I was thinking I wanted to go home to my family, I know I’m not gonna play. But I travelled in the evening, and I was in the stands the next day.”
The Palace star feels the move came too soon for him.
“Right place at the wrong time, really. I look back and think there’s nothing else I could have really done,” he said.
“That whole period, people ask me if I regret it but no. It’s a learning curve, it made me so much stronger mentally, I met some amazing players, some amazing people over there. I’m glad I went there and it made me who I am now.
“I tried to go back on loan to Palace before and David Moyes wouldn’t let me. I don’t know for what reason, and they just shipped me off to Cardiff.
“I went there and I was a shadow of myself, I wasn’t speaking to anyone. The player that I am now, I was not myself at all.
“So I went there, added relegation on my CV, went back to United, it was van Gaal by then. And when he came back off the World Cup where he played Robin van Persie and Robben up front, so basically he gave me two options – you’re either a wing back or a striker.
“Those positions are positions I’ve never played before. So it’s like I’m being set up to fail here.
“This is off of coming back from David Moyes, and I’m shattered from just how everything worked out. I go back and I get that, either a striker or a wing back. I can’t do either.
“Now, I can vary my game with years of playing you get experience. Back then I wasn’t good with my back to goal, I didn’t have that awareness, I’m not good with that. I remember I had to play striker.”