Wilfried Zaha Profile
Dazet Wilfried Armel Zaha, born Abidjan, Ivory Coast, November 10, 1992. A product of The Crystal Palace Youth Academy, Wilfried Zaha made his Football League debut for The Eagles in a 2-1 Championship defeat against Cardiff City at Selhurst Park on the 27th of March 2010 and signed a two-year professional contract with the club the following month.
After amassing over 100 first team appearances for Crystal Palace, Wilfried Zaha signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Manchester United for an initial transfer fee of £10 million on the 26th of January 2013 before the dedicated and hard working right winger was loaned back to the Selhurst Park team for the remainder of the season. Zaha, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing before he announced his retirement as head coach of Manchester United on the 8th of May 2013, was included in new manager David Moyes´s squad for the Old Trafford club´s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia in the summer of 2013 , and the ferociously fast flank forward debuted for The Red Devils as a second half replacement for previous Welsh international Ryan Giggs in a 1–0 friendly defeat against The Singha All Stars at the Rajamangala National Stadium on the 13th of July. The Abidjan born player proceeded to score his first goal for Manchester United in a 2-2 friendly draw with Japanese League Division One outfit Cerezo Osaka at the Osaka Nagai Stadium on the 26th of July, and was handed his competitive debut for the reigning Premier League champions in the 2–0 FA Community Shield triumph against FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic at Wembley on the 11th of August.
Zaha made his first Premier League appearance for Manchester United in a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on the 29th of October but found it hard to establish himself in the first team and was shipped out on loan to first Ole Gunnar Solskjaer´s Cardiff City, and then to former club Crystal Palace. As it all turned out, he signed a permanent deal with the South London side on the 2nd of February 2015, after having made only four first team appearances for United. On the international stage, he was handed his senior debut for England by Roy Hodgson when he entered the field as a late second half substitute for fellow debutant Raheem Sterling in a 4-2 friendly loss to Sweden at Friends Arena in Stockholm on the 14th of November 2012. Zaha´s second appearance under Hodgson came as a late second half replacement for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in a 3-2 friendly win over Gordon Strachan´s Scotland at Wembley on the 14th of August 2013, but he switched his international football allegiance from England to the Ivory Coast on the 27th of November 2016, and made his senior debut for The Elephants in 2-1 friendly victory against none other than Sweden at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on the 8th of January 2017. Wilfried Zaha Playing Career: Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace. Manging Career: None.