Sir Alex Ferguson still believes Wilfried Zaha should be a Manchester United player, according to Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew.
Eagles boss Pardew, who will lead the club to Wembley to take on the Red Devils in the FA Cup final on Saturday, insists that Zaha is still learning and developing as a player.
Zaha was Ferguson's final signing as United boss after completing a move to Old Trafford back in January 2013.
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However, things quickly turned sour for him in Manchester. The dynamic midfielder spent 18-months of his two-year spell at the club on loan at Palace and Cardiff City.
It certainly didn't help Zaha's cause that he never got to play under Ferguson. The 23-year-old failed to make any sort of impact under David Moyes or Louis van Gaal, so it didn't exactly come as a surprise when he duly returned to Selhurst Park for good.
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Pardew speaks out
Now, though, Pardew is benefiting from Zaha's presence and will be hoping to see him produce the goods against his former club on Saturday.
But if Ferguson was still in charge at the Theatre of Dreams, it's safe to say that the Zaha would still be playing for the Red Devils.
"I know that Sir Alex Ferguson still feels he should be a United player," Pardew told reporters, as per Sky Sports.
"Wilf can run fast all day, he can beat players for fun, and he has a great physique. There's a lot going on there. Probably still unfinished talent in my opinion.
"Sometimes he still wanders around in training a little bit and I have to kick him up the bum or throw something at him. But you have to understand this guy is 23 and some players take longer to progress.
"But there is no problem with Wilf now. I think his personality traits have improved around the group.
"And that comes from us leaning on him, both myself and some of the senior players."
Perhaps, then, Zaha could put the final nail in the coffin to Van Gaal's disappointing reign in Manchester. A defeat for United will surely see the experienced Dutchman lose his job.
After failing to secure a place in the top four in the Premier League this season, the Old Trafford outfit must not fall at the final hurdle in England's most prestigious cup competition.
United haven't won a major honour since the Sir Alex Ferguson era and they can't afford to miss the opportunity in front of them. But Palace, under the guidance of Pardew, won't make it easy for Van Gaal and co.
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