Friday, August 2, 2013

Don't expect too much in Zaha debut season, warns Manchester United legend Andy Cole

Though Dwight Yorke is enthused by the youngster's attack-minded play, his former strike partner argues that the ex-Crystal Palace star must not be put under needless pressure.

Manchester United should not put too much pressure on youngster Wilfried Zaha too early, according to former striker Andy Cole.

The forward arrived at the club from Crystal Palace last January, spending the remainder of the season in the Championship as he helped push the club to victory in its playoff final triumph against Watford.

The 20-year-old has already earned an international cap with England but Cole – who was part of the famous treble-winning side of 1998-99 – has warned fans not to put too much pressure on their new man to perform.

"I think we're all looking forward to seeing Zaha," the ex-Red Devil told the club’s official website.  "He's a young, up-and-coming player and he did extremely well at Crystal Palace last season and most people I've spoken to are looking forward to him playing and being involved this year.

"Of course, there's a danger you can expect too much of him."

The 20-year-old has been a key feature during the club's preseason tour this summer and fellow treble winner Dwight Yorke believes that Zaha is suited to the club as he plays "the United way".

"To be a United player, the club will have done a lot of research on him," Yorke remarked.   "He's coming into a new setup and new surroundings. On tour, when he came on, he lit up the stadium because he just loves to attack. That's the United way."