“Wilf’s talents will win games in the top flight and he will help Manchester United to win matches with their new manager next season.” Ian Holloway
Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has backed Manchester United bound Wilfried Zaha to hit the ground running and succeed when he links up with his new club next year.
Zaha, who will make his last appearance for his boyhood team on Monday in the Championship play-off final against Watford, has been a key figure this season.
It was his brace against Brighton that took Crystal Palace to Wembley and performances like those are why the 20-year-old was named the Championship Player of the Year last month.
And Holloway believes that Zaha won’t have any trouble taking his talent up to the Premier League next season and will become a match winner at United.
Speaking to The Sun, Holloway said: “Wilf’s talents will win games in the top flight and he will help Manchester United to win matches with their new manager next season.
“Palace are a very good team when Wilf is in it, but without the other players he wouldn’t look half as good.
“We feel like we are losing a member of our family because Wilf is etched so much into this club.
“But I wouldn’t have been doing Palace any favours if we’d stopped him from joining a club like Manchester United.
“How would he have been feeling if we’d been selfish and denied him that opportunity? What would he have produced for us after that?
“But now I think we will see him pay us back against Watford at Wembley because I know how well he can play in a situation like this.”
The Ivorian born forward has bagged eight goals and contributed a further eight assists in his 45 appearances in a season which has seen Zaha step up his performances considerably.
And despite not scoring a goal in 11 games before the second leg against Brighton, Zaha emphatically returned with a brilliant brace that single handedly won the game for Palace.
Zaha, who made his international bow for England in November, proved to be the final signing of Sir Alex Ferguson’s illustrious reign as manager and he could prove to be a shrewd acquisition if he can demonstrate the form he has shown in patches at Palace this season.
With United’s widemen hardly covering themselves in glory after a fairly dismal campaign, Zaha clearly has the green light to make his mark under David Moyes, with excitement mounting over the 20-year-old’s impending arrival at Old Trafford.