Wilfried Zaha has revealed that he flopped at Manchester United because of their lack of support system.
The 25-year-old joined the Red Devils in 2013 becoming Alex Ferguson's last signing before his retirement but could not get sufficient playing time under then new manager David Moyes.
He was shipped out on loan to Cardiff City before rejoining Crystal Palace on an initial loan and later permanently.
However, the 25-year-old has become a key figure for Palace helping them avoid relegation last season as they eventually finished in the 11th spot.
This term he has scored three goals in four games, including his solitary strike against Huddersfield Town that earned Roy Hodgson’s men their second league win of the ongoing campaign.
Reflecting on his time at Old Trafford, the forward believes that the experience made him a stronger player.
“It’s hard to take. Obviously, getting to United isn’t easy, so not being given a chance is hard to take,” Zaha told ShortList.
“I don’t regret anything because it made me stronger. I feel as though I can deal with anything now.
“I went through so much with United. I was dealing with this at 19; living in Manchester by myself, nowhere near anyone else, because the club had a hold over where I lived.
“They hadn’t given me a car, like every other player [had]. Nothing. I’m living in this hell by myself, away from my family, and I thought, “If this doesn’t make me stronger, what will?”
Zaha will hope to continue his impressive form when Crystal Palace clash with Newcastle United on Saturday.