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Wilfried Zaha speaks on rumours he slept with David Moyes’ daughter

Wilfried Zaha finally speaks on the rumours that he slept with David Moyes’ daughter during his time with Manchester United.

There was a time in 2013 where the 27 year old Crystal Palace forward had been one of the best performers in pre-season for the Red Devils.

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However, the Premier League star played just twice as Moyes decided to leave him out of the first-team squad, who also came in to the club that summer.

At the beginning of that season, rumours regarding an alleged relationship with his manager’s daughter went viral.

Zaha never got to show his potential on loan at United and eventually headed back to Selhurst Park full-time in 2015.

Now he’s slammed his former employers for failing to offer him any guidance when speculation continued on his personal life.

Speaking to former-team-mate Rio Ferdinand for The Locker Room, Wilfried Zaha speaks on rumours he slept with David Moyes’ daughter: “No one at the club at all told me anything, I didn’t know what to do whatsoever.

“I remember tweeting something about it saying ‘silly rumours’ because it was getting too much, so I had to say something myself and then I remember the club media messaging me saying ‘you shouldn’t have done that, you shouldn’t have done this’ and I’m thinking ‘you haven’t helped me.’

“I’m here by myself, struggling because people are telling me I’ve slept with the manager’s daughter and that’s why you’re not playing me.

“The funny thing is, it’s carried on for so long I felt like, is the manager not going to come and have a word with me over this?

“That’s how I felt and I’m thinking this is ridiculous man. Up to this day I still get people that think that’s true and I’ve never even met his daughter.”

Zaha admits life was difficult for him as a teenager, struggling to cope with the expectation for him living up to a price-tag of £15m, in a new city, miles away from South London where his family are based and where he grew up.

He insists no-one in the United hierarchy offered him any support or help during the traumatic period.

Zaha added: “It was stressful. I’m 19, I’m living in Manchester and all of a sudden we come back from a tour and I’m not playing for no reason so obviously [people] are going to make up rumours.

“I’m in Manchester where I’m by myself, and I’m not playing on top of that, so it’s stressful enough to have a rumour.

“People came out with it, I see it trending on Twitter, people came out with how can he play so well on tour then just be dashed out like that with nothing, no one telling us anything – he must have slept with the manager’s daughter.

“And that started going and I’m 19, and my Twitter is blowing up. I’ve never had it before and my Twitter is blowing up and there’s no one for me to speak to.”

Zaha is now experiencing the best of his career since move back to Palace in 2015, scoring 31 goals and getting 42 assists during the five seasons since coming back to the capital.

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