Man United must be patient with Wilfried Zaha, says Dougie Freedman

Former Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman urges Manchester United to be patient with Wilfried Zaha next season

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Wilfried Zaha signed for Manchester United back in January Photo: J Boyes, via Wikimedia

Dougie Freedman believes Manchester United will need to be patient with former Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha next season.

The Reds Devils completed a £15m swoop for the England international in the January transfer window before loaning the 20-year-old back to the London outfit in the second half of the season.

Freedman oversaw Zaha’s emergence as one of the Championship’s most prodigious talents before leaving Palace to take over at Bolton Wanderers in the middle of the campaign.

And the former Palace manager reckons Zaha will take time to adjust to being a United player but backed the forward to shine for the 20-time English champions.

“It took him eight games to establish himself in the Palace first team and eight to 10 games later he was the best player,” said Freedman.

“I have no doubt he will take time to settle in but when he does he will show the talent that he has.

“I know his character and he won’t be fazed, David Moyes will see that day-in and day-out.”

Zaha, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last piece of business as United manager, scored eight goals in 50 appearances for Palace last season.

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