"For my first season the plan is to secure a first-team place. I just want to be able to play regularly for Manchester United."

– Wilfried Zaha

22/07/2013 09:30, Report by Nick Coppack in Japan
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Zaha: I can be wing man

Manchester United new-boy Wilfried Zaha is eyeing regular first-team football at Old Trafford this season.

The tricky winger helped Crystal Palace earn promotion to the Barclays Premier League this season and now wants to make his mark in the competition with the English champions.

“For my first season the plan is to secure a first-team place,” the 20-year-old told “I just want to be able to play regularly. That’s my goal for my first season in the Premier League.

“If I manage to accomplish that then I can move on to other things. I’m just taking things step by step.”

The first of those strides came just over a week ago in Bangkok, when Zaha pulled on the Reds’ shirt for the first time. In that match, a substitute appearance against a Singha All Star XI, he was lively and direct, hitting the post with a brilliant effort from a wide angle.

A week later he started against the Foxtel A-League All Stars, in front of more than 83,000 fans in Sydney. Again he impressed with his willingness to take on defenders, and again he came within a matter of inches of getting on the scoresheet.

“I already think it’s a great achievement for me to be able to wear the Manchester United shirt. I’m just taking everything slowly and I hope to score a goal on the tour. That would cap everything for me.”

Zaha is certainly loving life at his new club, although admits he’s still having to pinch himself from time to time in order to believe it’s real.

“I’m still a bit starstruck, if I’m honest, but I’m enjoying every minute of it.

“In the changing room I’m sitting between Ryan Giggs and Danny Welbeck. I mean, I’m sitting next to these famous people who I watch

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