Wilfried Zaha can emulate Ronaldo, claims Bright

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Former Crystal Palace favourite Mark Bright has claimed that Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha possesses the potential to be as good as Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zaha officially left Selhurst Park for the Premier League champions back in January, but Eagles boss Ian Holloway was able to agree a loan deal that saw him return to Palace as they achieved promotion to the top flight with a last-gasp 1-0 win over Watford in May's Championship playoff final.

Bright, who retired from professional football in 1999 and now works primarily as a pundit for the BBC, has kept a close eye on the 20-year-old's progress ever since he burst onto the scene as one of the Football League's most exciting talents.

And with Zaha now earning a place in new United boss David Moyes' first-team plans, Bright is convinced he can match the considerable achievements of former Red Devils great Ronaldo.

Speaking to, Bright said: "I've seen a lot of Zaha because of my association with Palace, having done some coaching in their academy and I think he could be like Cristiano Ronaldo.

"He has the ability to do everything - he's quick, strong and determined. He's Sir Alex Ferguson's last signing, a great gift to David Moyes. He needs to add more goals to his game but he has the ability to go past defenders like no one [in England] since Steve McManaman.

"He's going to be a great asset to Manchester United and I think he'll play a lot more this season than most people think."

Zaha, who won his second England cap in Wednesday's 3-2 friendly victory over rivals Scotland, will be hoping to hit the ground running in the Premier League for his new club as they open their 2013/14 campaign with a potentially difficult trip to Swansea on Saturday evening.

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