(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Wilfried Zaha has opened up on his anguish at being left to deal with social media gossip that he slept with the daughter of his then boss David Moyes during his time at Manchester United.
Despite being one of United’s best players on their pre season tour of Asia, Zaha was left out of the first-team for the start of the 2013-2014 season and rumours about the reasons for his omission began to circulate.
In an interview with former team-mate Rio Ferdinand for The Locker Room, the winger explained how he felt obliged to discredit the Twitter gossip because he had not received any guidance from the club.
‘No one at the club at all told me anything, I didn’t know what to do whatsoever,’ he said.
‘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 was sent out on loan to Cardiff in January before spending the following season with his former club Crystal Palace.
His return to Selhurst Park was made permanent on the final day of the 2015 winter transfer window.