Wilfried Zaha was supposed to be the next exciting young English player on the block.
Sir Alex Ferguson saw enough potential in him to splash up to a reported £15million before loaning him back to Crystal Palace for the rest of their promotion winning season. However, he never got to be managed by Sir Alex himself as he retired before the season that Zaha actually joined United.
David Moyes seemed to not see the same player that Ferguson obviously saw, only handing him three competitive starts before shipping him out to Cardiff City on loan in the January transfer window. Zaha though must be frustrated at not being able to show what he can do at Old Trafford, surely wanting to replicate the tricky feet and direct running at defenders that made him so exciting to watch in the Championship.
Goal.com reports that Crystal Palace are keen on taking Zaha back to the club if he is no longer wanted at Old Trafford. They are unlikely to want to pay anywhere near the amount they received for him though so United would make a loss. However, the new United manager may well see Zaha in a different light to Moyes.
Louis van Gaal is the new man to take the reins at Old Trafford and this could be music to Zaha's ears. The Dutchman is renowned for putting his faith in youth and has been credited with giving first team opportunities to players such as Xavi and Iniesta at Barcelona and Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich.
Having been in charge of the Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil, Van Gaal will not have had much time to assess the current United squad and will not officially take charge until after the tournament, so we have to assume that he will want to come in and properly look at his new players before making any decisions on who stays or who goes.
So Zaha has to take this opportunity, safe in the knowledge that his age is irrelevant and he has the chance to impress a brand new manager. Judging by the performances of the Netherlands at the World Cup, if he shows pace, direct running and a good work rate, he will be in the new manager's good books in no time.
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