Wilfried Zaha admits it was a crushing blow for him when Sir Alex Ferguson retired, having only agreed to join Manchester United just a few months earlier.
Zaha sealed a £10 million move in January 2013 from Crystal Palace before staying at Selhurst Park for the remainder of the season.
Just before the Ivory Coast international joined up with his new team-mates, Ferguson announced he would be leaving Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.
Zaha spent two years under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal at Man Utd before re-signing for Palace after an unsuccessful spell.
On his reaction to Ferguson leaving, Zaha told Rio Ferdinand on his YouTube channel: “It crushed me a little bit because it was like, after speaking to him, it was a no-brainer that I wanted to go there. I had no idea he was leaving.”
Speaking about his initial conversations with Ferguson, Zaha added: “He didn’t tell me exactly how he wanted me to play.
“He just told me straightforward stuff like obviously you know ‘you’re going to have to fight for your position you’re not going to play all the time, there’s a lot of youngsters in the team so you’ll be able to go in with the likes of Welbeck and Cleverley’.
“I was like ‘that is more than fine all I want is my opportunity just to show what I can do’. It was a straightforward conversation.”
When asked whether he had any regrets from his time at Man Utd, Zaha continued: “There’s never regrets Rio. I met so many amazing players that I watched from when I was young. You (Rio) were there, Giggsy was there, Rooney was there, Van Persie was there.
“So many players I’ve managed to learn from so it’s never regrets. I’m sitting in the same changing room as the players I’ve seen win titles after titles after titles that’s what I want in my career and it’s like I’m finally here with this lot. It’s different when you watch them first-hand.”