The forward returns to the place where he made his name.
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Just 18 months after becoming Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever Manchester United signing, Wilfried Zaha has rejoined his boyhood club Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal.
The 21-year-old has struggled to establish himself at Old Trafford following his £15m move in January 2013 and since then has managed just four appearances for the club.
Upon Zaha’s initial arrival at United he was immediately loaned back to Palace for the first time and played a key part in their promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs.
Following Ferguson’s retirement new manager David Moyes proved not to be as big a fan of the youngster and he found game time hard to come by, eventually being loaned to Cardiff City in the latter part of last season as a result.
Zaha came through the ranks at Selhurst Park and broke into their first team in 2009 under the guidance of newly reappointed Eagles boss Neil Warnock.
The Englishman went onto play 143 games for Palace in all competitions and also earned his first cap for the England national team in November 2012 for his impressive performances in the Championship – he has played two matches in total to date.
It’s believed that the South London club have the opportunity to sign Zaha on a permanent deal at the end of his loan spell for a fee of around £8m, reports the Mirror, but only if they retain their top flight status in 2014/15.
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