Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha only played a handful of games for Manchester United last season.Reuters

Manchester United midfielder Wilfried Zaha is confident he will convince new manager Louis van Gaal he is good enough to secure a place in his squad after the former Crystal Palace player struggled to figure in David Moyes's plans last season.

The Premier League giants paid around £15m to Crystal Palace in January 2013 to secure Zaha's services – leaving him on loan at the south London club until the end of that season, where he helped Palace win promotion to the top division – as Sir Alex Ferguson saw him as one of the most promising English talents.

But although he shone during last year's pre-season, the winger was ignored by Moyes during the first part of the campaign. And after spending most of his time at United on the subs' bench, he went on loan to Cardiff in the January transfer window.

But Zaha still believes he has a future at Old Trafford and is training hard during the pre-season to prove his worth to Van Gaal.

"For me, I definitely feel like this is a clean slate," Zaha said to Manchester United official website.

"All I'm trying to do is impress the new manager and get into his squad. All I can do is give my all. There's a new manager and I want to make sure I show him what I can do.

"United are a big club, so we need strong opposition and we've got that on pre-season this year. There's no doubt we'll be tested on tour and that's a good thing.

"It should prepare us well for the season ahead. I'm really looking forward to being involved and I can't wait to face those teams."

The winger claimed his time at Cardiff has prepared him for the challenge at United as he now has experience in the Premier League.

"It's great to be back," said Zaha. "There's a nice vibe, everybody's working hard and we're looking forward to the new season.

"Going to Cardiff was a really good experience for me. I managed to get quite a few games under my belt at Premier League level, which was good, and I feel like I've come back a better player.

"I've realised there are things about my game I need to work on and concentrate on, and I know this is the best place to be if I want to improve. I really want to make myself a better player."