Selhurst Park manager backs youngster to make instant impact at Old Trafford.
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has backed his former protégé Wilfried Zaha to make a big impact at Manchester United according to The Metro.
Holloway knows Zaha well after the pair led Crystal Palace to play—off victory last season. But Zaha will not be pulling on the red and blue shirt for Palace in the Premier League after a deal was agreed last January for him to move to Manchester United.
Holloway had hoped of persuading United to allow Zaha to return on a season long loan deal but that was turned down by United management who believe Zaha is ready to make a big impact on the starting eleven.
Holloway has backed that assessment, believing the highly rated winger to be capable of playing at the highest level.
The news will disappoint Fulham and West Ham who, like Palace, had hoped on ensnaring the player out on loan.
Zaha is perhaps benefiting from the arrival of new manager David Moyes at the club, meaning everyone at the club is starting with a clean plate as the former Everton boss assesses the squad.
Zaha made his England debut last season and will be hoping that his move to the Premier League champions gives him every chance of playing in next year’s World Cup in Brazil.