Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has denied suggestions a picture posted on Instagram was a subtle dig aimed at manager David Moyes.
The 21-year-old winger joined Cardiff City on a loan deal until the end of the season in January having been handed just four appearances for United during his first six months at the club.
Having featured in both of Cardiff's games following his arrival – including a starting appearance in the weekend's south Wales derby - Zaha posted a picture of himself receiving instructions from new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, complete with the caption: "Nothing like someone who believes in you."
The comments provoked a frustrated response from United supporters across social media but the former Crystal Palace starlet denied they were aimed at the under pressure Moyes, tweeting: ""My picture actually meant ole solskjaer has a lot faith for me to do something for cardiff's current position."
"My last Instagram picture was not intended as a dig or indirect at my manager, I have nothing but respect."
Zaha was the last player to be signed by Sir Alex Ferguson when the current Premier League champions signed him from Crystal Palace in January 2013 for £15m. After being handed a starting role in United's season opening Community Shield victory in August, the England international would spent the first half of the season between the first team and United's Under-21 ranks, making just one further starting appearance and making two more as a substitute.
The youngster enjoyed an impressive start to life at the Welsh club, providing an assist after being introduced as a substitute in a 2-1 win over Norwich two weeks ago and was rewarded with a starting berth against Swansea City on Saturday.
Zaha's perceived criticism of Moyes comes after the manager's latest despair as United were held to a 2-2 draw against the Premier League's bottom side Fulham on Sunday.