Crystal Palace set to secure sensational return for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha

Written by Matt Woosnam

Former Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is set for a sensational return to the club, FYP understands.

After bringing back Neil Warnock as manager following Tony Pulis' departure, Palace look to have brought back another familiar face in the shape of the 21-year-old winger.

Zaha is set to join on loan initially from Manchester United, with Palace having the option to buy back their former winger at any time during the season.

The winger came through the ranks at Selhurst Park, making 143 appearances for the club before joining Manchester United for £10m plus add ons in Januray 2013.

Zaha was then loaned back to the Eagles and inflicted defeat on arch rivals Brighton with two goals at the AMEX Stadium in the play-off semi-final second leg, before winning the penalty in the play off final which Kevin Phillips converted to take Palace to the Premier League.

After hitting electric form in the early part of the 2012/13 season, England manager Roy Hodgson included Zaha in his squad to face Sweden in a friendly, and he replaced Raheem Sterling after 83 minutes to earn his first full international cap before appearing against Scotland in August 2013. 

Zaha's United career began well, as he impressed during the club's pre-season tour, but he struggled to find any game time in the Premier League under David Moyes who sidelined the young winger throughout his tenure.

An unsuccesful loan to Cardiff City was secured in January 2014, but new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not feel the winger did enough to warrant selection, and rumours of a bad attitude also surfaced. 

It seemed he couldn't wait to return back home but in his haste he was caught speeding in Coulsdon and received a fine and three points on his driving licence in August, but it did not seem to deter Palace from seeking his signature.

It appears that new boss Louis Van Gaal has decided Zaha is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and Palace are hoping to confirm a deal soon to bring their former talisman back to South London.