Summer signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka has revealed former teammate Wilfried Zaha has told him to ‘play without fear’ after his move to Old Trafford.
Zaha, who joined Manchester United in 2013, failed to make a successful impact after being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson and was returned to Crystal Palace on a permanent transfer in 2015.
The 21-year-old’s burst onto the scene came from making Zaha frustrated in a training session with the Ivorian unable to get past him, a training session he only featured in due to Palace’s need for an extra player. Roy Hodgson later took the decision to make him a Premier League player and it was a decision that earned Palace £45million this summer.
Speaking to the Telegraph, the ‘Spider’ said: “When he [Zaha] knew that I joined he just told me to play without fear. I have come here as a new signing and he said, ‘Just play your game and do what I did last season.’ He was happy for me. He said I deserved it and I should continue working hard and doing what I do.”
The right-back also insisted that the pressure placed upon him after being the subject of a £50m price-tag, if all add-ons are reached, and wearing a United shirt, adding: “I try not to focus on the pressure. For me, it is just developing as a player and my ability to help the team going forward.”
“I expected it when I came here. It’s a big club. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Crystal Palace so the attention will always be there. I just need to play my game and block it out. It’s always good to get that first game, that is what I was looking forward to.”
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