Wilfried Zaha has revealed how he battled rumours linking him with an affair with David Moyes’ daughter during his brief stint at Manchester United, without receiving any support from the club.
During his first season at Old Trafford, the 27-year-old was rumoured to be sleeping with Lauren which contributed to his lack of first-team action with the Red Devils.
Zaha was limited to four appearances in David Moyes’ team before he was loaned to Cardiff City for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
He returned to Crystal Palace on an initial loan the following campaign, but he bemoaned the lack of help from Manchester United during the period when the rumours were circulating.
“No one at the club at all told me anything, I didn’t know what to do whatsoever,” Zaha said in a chat with Rio Ferdinand.
“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.”