Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has thanked former teammate Wilfried Zaha for preparing him for life in the Premier League.
Wan-Bissaka will return to his old club Crystal Palace for the first time since his £50million move to United last summer when United travel to Selhurst Park on Thursday night.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a solid first campaign at Old Trafford and has seriously impressed with his flawless tackling ability, but he was never supposed to be a defender.
Wan-Bissaka started his career in the Palace youth ranks as an attacker and it's only when he was asked to fill in at right-back in a training session, coming up against Zaha, that his potential as a defender was spotted.
Wan-Bissaka believes training against the skills of Zaha helped develop him into a top-level full-back but he is hoping to get a win over his former side.
“It's going to be a bit strange, you know, as I have not been back in a while,” Wan-Bissaka told United's official site.
“Especially without there being any fans there, it will be a new experience but we want to go there and get the victory.
“Palace mean a lot to me. They are the team that brought me through the system and, without them, I don't think I'd be here. They've given me chances to show what I am capable of doing.
“I wasn't a full-back,“ he added. ”I came in, at 11 or 12, as a striker and went to play on the wing. Then it started from a training session when someone had to fill in at right-back. Training against Wilf, I think he sort of prepared me for what it is like playing in the Premier League.
“I learned a lot from him. He's an unpredictable player and tests like that are ones that made me a better player.
“I'm still in touch with a few players at the club and the staff. However, it's literally up to us to take every game step by step, stay together and work together to come out with a good result.“