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Wilfried Zaha Reveals The Incredible Secret Behind Robin Van Persie's Chest Control

Wilfried Zaha Reveals The Incredible Secret Behind Robin Van Persie's Chest Control

The secret behind Robin van Persie's flawless chest control was down to its 'curved' shape, according to former teammate Wilfried Zaha.

The Crystal Palace winger, who only made a handful of appearances for Manchester United before leaving Old Trafford in 2015, opened up about his time under David Moyes in an interview on Rio Ferdinand's YouTube channel.

Zaha spoke about a number of topics, including the moment involving Sir Alex Ferguson that 'crushed' him.

"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." he told Ferdinand.

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And in perhaps the most unusual segment of the chat, Zaha described Robin van Persie's unusual chest shape - and how it would help him carry and control the ball.

'It's different when you see them in person, how good De Gea is, how good Van Persie is,' Zaha says.

"You wouldn't even know this unless you see it for yourself, his chest is curved in in a way - you know what I'm talking about! - it's curved in in a way where it allows him to... if he wanted to carry a ball on his chest he could.

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'See when he gets that ball and chests it or volleys it... when you see his frame it makes sense. It's how good he is technically."

Image: PA
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Zaha went on to speak about the time he realised how good van Persie during a training session.

"We played two-vs-twos where it was me and Nani against him and [Marouane] Fellaini and that's when I saw that he's actually got mad feet.

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"I appreciated every moment there."

Do you think Zaha should have been given more chances to prove himself at Old Trafford? He's certainly gone on to become a key member of Roy Hodgson's side at Palace in recent years.

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Wilfried Zaha, Robin van Persie

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.