Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has revealed he made a last-minute bid to sign Wilfried Zaha on loan.
The Eagles boss admitted in his pre-match press conference that he asked David Moyes if he could have the £15million England international back at Selhurst Park.
Zaha completed his switch to Old Trafford during the summer after spending half a season on loan back at Palace.
Holloway, speaking ahead of Palace's match at Old Trafford, told reporters: "I have asked about a loan for Wilf but David will select him at the right time.
"I asked about him in the last day of the transfer window."
Zaha has failed to hold down a regular place in Moyes' squad - despite impressing during Manchester United's pre-season tour of Asia, Australia and Scandinavia.
However Holloway believes Zaha will become a regular at Old Trafford sooner rather than later.
"If there is a better club for him to go to I would like someone to show me," Holloway said.
"I am delighted for him.
"I am so proud of him.
"I found myself giggling when Wilf did some of the things he did on the pitch.
"He will find his way.
"Zaha took us to a level with Glenn Murray which we may not have got to if he wasn't there.
"The boy is a joy to know."
Moyes will be looking for his first Old Trafford win on Saturday after drawing with Chelsea in their only home Premier League game of the season thus far.