Zaha deserves Utd chance - Parish

  • Last Updated: May 28 2013, 16:51 BST

Wilfried Zaha deserves his chance to shine at Manchester United, according to Eagles co-chairman Steve Parish.

Wilfried Zaha: Heading for Old Trafford
Wilfried Zaha: Heading for Old Trafford

The England Under-21 regular lit up Wembley on Monday with his wing wizardry as he led Palace to npower Championship play-off final glory over Watford, in what was his final match before completing a summer switch to Old Trafford.

Zaha agreed a deal to join the Barclays Premier League champions in January for a fee in the region of £15million, before being loaned back to his boyhood club over the second half of the season to fulfil a dream which ended in some style on the Wembley turf.

Promotion has sparked talk of the 20-year-old again being loaned to the Eagles by new United boss David Moyes, but Selhurst Park chief Parish believes Zaha will be a central part of United's bid to retain their top-flight crown next term rather than Palace's battle for survival.

"Wilf, in those three (play-off) games, was the best player on the pitch, he's in a different league," said a proud and relieved Parish after his club's 1-0 extra-time victory.

"I honestly think he'll go to Manchester United and do really well, I really do.

"People are saying, 'Will you loan him back?'. I think he deserves his chance there, and I think he'll get it."

Palace manager Ian Holloway yesterday admitted he was tempted to ask Moyes if he could borrow Zaha again next season, but admitted "he'd be silly to give me him back".

Yet this morning even Holloway stated the prospect of luring Zaha back to south London on loan was unrealistic.

"There is no scenario. He is a Man United player. David Moyes has got a great player in his squad for next season," Holloway told Sky Sports News.

Zaha, who made his senior England debut against Sweden in November, was the liveliest performer on show yesterday and brought the play-off final alive every time he got on the ball, with another one of his mazy runs drawing a foul for the match-winning penalty converted by Kevin Phillips.

Evergreen striker Phillips, 39, is at the opposite end of his football journey and has played with and against some of the best prodigious youngsters in the game during his career.

He rates Zaha, along with Blackpool's Tom Ince, right up there.

"Wilfried and Tom are two of the most exciting young talents in this country at the moment," Phillips said.

"They're both awesome players and got their own strengths, but Wilf is a raw talent and at times (yesterday) he had both of their full-backs in knots.

"He does things I'm not sure even sometimes he knows how he does it, the ball seems to have Velcro on it.

"He's still got a lot to learn and if he does learn - having worked with him he seems to wants to learn - he's certainly going to the right club. I'm looking forward to watching him progress over the coming years."


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