Sky Sports were forced to apologize live on Saturday after Patrice Evra raised rumors that Wilfried Zaha’s time at Manchester United was ruined by the Ivorian’s relationship with then-manager David Moyes’ daughter. was
Zaha managed just four senior appearances for United after joining in a £10m deal in January 2013, with rumors of a clash with Moyes often circulating as a suggestion as to why things didn’t work out.
Zaha’s time at United was a disaster / John Kruger / Getty Images
A common allegation was that Zaha was having an affair with Moyes’ daughter – something the forward has always denied – and Evra raised the allegation during Sky’s coverage of United’s 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday. was
Sky quickly addressed the situation, saying (via the Manchester Evening News): “We have to clarify a comment made earlier in the program which suggested there might be a relationship between Wilfried Zaha and David Moyes’ daughter. There has been a relationship.
“We understand that Wilfried Zaha has never met David Moyes’ daughter and Petrus’ claim is false. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”
Moyes and Zaha on tour of Thailand / Chris McGrath / Getty Images
Zaha has repeatedly insisted he has never spoken to Moyes’ daughter, telling Rio Ferdinand’s The Locker Room that the club’s lack of support over the stories has contributed to his problems at Old Trafford. paid
“No one at the club told me anything, I didn’t know what to do,” Zaha explained.
“I remember tweeting something about it called ‘stupid rumours’ because it was happening so much that I had to say something myself and then I got a message from the club media saying ‘You shouldn’t do that. was, you shouldn’t have done it’ and I’m thinking ‘you didn’t help me’.
“I’m here alone, struggling because people are telling me I slept with the manager’s daughter and that’s why you’re not playing me.
“The funny thing is, it went on for so long that I was like, is the manager not going to come and talk to me about this? I was like, ‘This is ridiculous, man.’ ‘ To this day, I still get people who think it’s true and I’ve never met their daughter.”
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