Wilfried Zaha should be praised for turning his back on Manchester United after completing a permanent return to Crystal Palace on January transfer deadline day.
The 22-year-old was under no obligation to sever his lucrative three-and-a-half year contract at Old Trafford, despite the fact he’d been afforded just four competitive appearances for the Red Devils since penning terms with the club in January 2013.
However, after choosing to commit his long-term future to Selhurst Park – the place where it all began for Zaha – he’s restored at least a little faith in those detractors that had begun to question the player’s hopes and aspirations for the future.
It’s barely two years since Sir Alex Ferguson snapped up the talented young winger’s signature, after predicting that Zaha had the potential to develop into an important first-team star at the Theatre of Dreams.
But, after retiring at the end of 2012/13 the twice capped England international never had the opportunity to actually work with the man responsible for bringing him to Manchester United, and as a result he found himself marginalised under the new stewardship of David Moyes last season.