Manchester United's January signing, Wilfred Zaha, scored his first under-21 goal for England last night as they prepared for the summer's European under-21 Championship with a 3-0 victory over Romania at Adams Park.
Having won the race to sign the highly rated youngster from Crystal Palace, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will welcome Zaha to Old Trafford in the summer. Having signed him, he was then loaned back to the Eagles for the remainder of the season. And he has helped Palace to 4th in the Championship at present; only three points away from an automatic promotion spot.
But last night at Adams Park, Zaha was the star of the show as he set the Three Lions on course to a deserved 3-0 win over their visitors. With an assist from Liverpool sensation, Raheem Sterling, Zaha bagged his first goal in England colours and went on to produce a great display - one that summed up just why he was rated so highly by Sir Alex.
With some terrific performances for Palace as well, Ferguson must be happy that it was Manchester United that he chose for his future. He has great skill and strength, as well as a good vision that sees him start so many moves.
With such an explosive performance last night, he has sent a warning to the Premier League that he will be around to do the same next season. Manchester United fans will be excited about the youngster's debut for the Reds, and to see whether he can adapt to life with the big boys.
Manchester United paid a premium for such a bright, young England star in the making at £15 million but that price could prove a bargain if last night’s performance is anything to go by.
The prospect of joining up with the Red Devils must be playing heavy on Zaha’s mind but before then he must keep his head down and continue to help Palace fight for a spot in the Premier League, and also fire Stuart Pearce's young Lions to glory in Israel this summer.
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