Ex-West Ham man Rio Ferdinand suggested that Wilfried Zaha was not helped by the Manchester United management team, during his time at Old Trafford, when speaking on Jake Humphrey’s new High Performance Podcast.

And Ferdinand’s words could be taken as a clear swipe at Hammers boss David Moyes.

The Scot was in charge at United for just under a year from May 2013 to April 2014.

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Zaha made just four appearances for the Red Devils during Moyes’s tenure in charge at Old Trafford. The winger was then loaned out to Cardiff City.

He was very young at the time, and perhaps would have benefitted from having someone like Sir Alex Ferguson in charge at United.

The Scot would surely have made a huge difference to the Ivorian youngster’s development. The former United boss had unrivalled success with getting the best out of talented young stars.

Ferdinand’s Moyes claim concerning

And Ferdinand took somewhat of a back-handed swipe at current West Ham boss Moyes, when discussing Zaha’s time at Old Trafford during an appearance on Jake Humphrey’s new High Performance Podcast:

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Rio Ferdinand (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)



“Huge talent, great individual talent. Maybe it was down to maturity but he never succeeded at Manchester United and I don’t think he was helped by the club as well and the management at the time.”

And Ferdinand’s comments should worry West Ham fans.

Perhaps Moyes isn’t the best at getting the most out of young players.

The Hammers have some incredibly exciting young players at the London Stadium.

But will Moyes be able to help the likes of Declan Rice, Jeremy Ngakia, Jarrod Bowen, Issa Diop and Nathan Holland reach the next level?

That is highly doubtful. But who knows? Maybe he can prove us, and Ferdinand, wrong.

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