Manchester United’s tour of the United States is proving a test of character for Wilfried Zaha. The winger was asked to do a double warm-down session by Louis van Gaal after Saturday’s win over Roma, despite being the only one of the 26-man squad yet to kick a ball in anger.
Van Gaal’s intention that his squad should be fit for the new season despite the demands of touring the US – of which the manager has complained publicly – moved him to ask three other players who did not feature against Roma to join Zaha.
The 21-year-old, along with Darren Fletcher, David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard, was asked to do an aerobic warm-down then a further session in the gym at the Sports Authority Field following the win.
After an intense series of sprints the quartet returned to United’s changing room believing they had finished. But they were told by Van Gaal to undergo the gym session with one of his conditioning staff.
After the match Van Gaal had said: “There is no Manchester United player who is fit. Maybe the boys who trained before the World Cup players started on 7 July. Maybe they are more fit but also not fit. The World Cup players have only had four days’ training.”
But he did praise Zaha. “Maybe the next time I can use Zaha but he is working good and doing all that I demand,” said the manager.