'Absolutely shocking': Former Man Utd star Evra in hot water after on-air claims about Zaha & ex-boss David Moyes' daughter
Sky Sports were forced to apologize on Saturday after pundit Patrice Evra suggested Wilfried Zaha’s Manchester United career ended because of unfounded rumors he slept with then-Red Devils manager David Moyes’ daughter Lauren.
Zaha signed for United from Crystal Palace in 2013 but made just four appearances for the club and eventually returned to the Eagles the following year.
Speaking as a pundit ahead of Palace’s 3-1 win over the Red Devils on Saturday, Evra said: “I remember what ruined his career for Manchester United is when he had this true or untrue affair with David Moyes' daughter.
“Because in the pre-season I remember he was playing every game but when that news came out, [he was] out of the game and he disappeared. He would be a massive trade for United.”
Sky Sports presenter Kelly Cates later issued an apology to the camera regarding the comments:
“We have to clarify a comment made earlier in the program suggesting that there may have been a relationship between Wilfried Zaha and David Moyes' daughter.
“We understand that Wilfried Zaha has never met David Moyes' daughter and that the claim made by Patrice was false and we apologize for any offense caused.”
Evra’s comments generated plenty of reaction on social media, with fans divided in their response to the Frenchman’s words.
Some were critical of the 39-year-old, with one fan branding his comments as “absolutely shocking,” while another said Evra was a “piece of work” for discussing the rumor.
On a very real level here, Patrice Evra shared a dressing room with Wilfried Zaha at United. For him to go on national TV and repeat a rumour that Zaha himself has publicly denied and spoken about as having had a negative impact on his mental health is absolutely shocking. Bin.— HLTCO (@HLTCO) September 19, 2020
Zaha ain’t even met the girl. Evra is a piece of work for that.— Poet (@poetscorneruk) September 19, 2020
Others, meanwhile, seemed to find the whole incident a little more light-hearted.
Evra just mentioned the Zaha-Moyes’ daughter thing on actual TV. What a day— Si Lloyd (@SmnLlyd5) September 19, 2020
Oh my. Evra just dropped that Zaha/Moyes rumour on air 😂— Wayne Barton (@WayneSBarton) September 19, 2020
One person who might not take kindly to rumor resurfacing is Zaha himself, who has repeatedly denied even meeting Lauren Moyes and spoken of his frustration at the speculation over his struggles at United.
“There were just a load of rumors that used to just come out somehow and people would believe them,” he said. “It was either I slept with David Moyes' daughter or I have got a bad attitude. Those are the two rumors that stuck with me until I left.”
The winger scored twice against his former club on Saturday to take his tally to three goals in two games this season.
Talk is cheap 🤭 All praise to the most high only pic.twitter.com/8PszGK50QU— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) September 19, 2020
He has played 364 matches in total for the Eagles, providing 60 goals and 70 assists overall.