Manchester United new recruit, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has revealed advice from former team-mate Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha struggled at Old Trafford when he joined from Palace in 2013 for £15m fee and made just four League appearances before he returned to his old club.
The England Under-21 defender who made his debut in a 2-0 win over Perth Glory at the Optus Stadium, revealed that he spoke to Zaha.
”When he knew that I joined, he just told me to play without fear,’ said Wan-Bissaka, who was one of 11 half-time substitutions made by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Perth.
”I have come here as a new signing and he said, “just play your game and do what you did last season”.
”He was happy for me. He said I deserved it and I should continue working hard and doing what I do.
”I try not to focus on that (the pressure). For me, it is just developing as a player and my ability to help the team going forward.
”I expected it when I came here – it’s a big club. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Crystal Palace so the attention will always be there. I just need to play my game and block it out.
”It’s always good to get that first game (out of the way), that is what I was looking forward to.’ Wan-Bissaka admitted that he felt more nervous performing a rap by Meek Mill in front of his new teammates at a Perth restaurant last week as part of an initiation.
”I’ll stick to what I know, and that’s football,’ he added. ‘I’ve settled in well, and the boys have been great.
”I was surprised, literally when I walked in everyone has been talking to me and encouraging me with advice. That has helped me a lot.’ In what was a relatively straightforward debut for United, the 21-year-old demonstrated why he has earned the nickname ‘Spider’ as he won all five tackles he made against the Glory.
”I don’t think I learnt it, it’s just the range of the legs,’ he added. ‘I realised when I was 18 I just had the length in the legs, so I use it to my advantage.