United land Zaha, but Palace keep him until the end of the campaign

Wilfried Zaha has completed his move to Manchester United on a five-and-a-half year deal from Crystal Palace, but he will be loaned back to the Championship side for the rest of the season and insists he is still fully focused on helping the club reach promotion back to the Premier League.

The 20-year-old has excelled this campaign and his performances in the second tier of English football have even earned him a cap for the England national team, which shows you just how good he is.

Sometimes a player finds it tough to make a decision on whether to leave a club, but when Sir Alex Ferguson becomes interested, the decision becomes an easy one.

The deal does suit Zaha as well as he is able to play first-team football for the remainder of the season and then work with his new club in the summer. If he were to stay at Old Trafford, it is difficult to see him getting much game time as Ferguson might be hesitant to play an unproven youngster in title-deciding matches.

What he can do now is try and secure promotion with Palace and come to United at the end of the campaign full of confidence.

It would be easy for Zaha to become distracted for the next few months, but that doesn’t look like being the case.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining Manchester United. However, my focus for the next five months will be solely at Crystal Palace.

“I have been at Palace for more than ten years, I will always love the club and I want to help get them back to the Premier League, particularly for the fans who have always been so good to me.”

Ferguson clearly rates Zaha a lot and is making sure that he does what is right for the player. At this stage of his career, there is no substitute for playing games of football and he is able to do that somewhere he is comfortable, loved by the fans and all but guaranteed, which is a massive bonus.

When he does eventually come and play for the Red Devils, it will be interesting to see how he gets on. It might allow some like Nani, who hasn’t impressed this campaign, to leave the club.

The future is bright for Wilfried Zaha and to be honest, he couldn’t have made a better choice than to work with one of the greatest managers of all time.

Joey Rooney

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.

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