Neil Warnock’s first piece of business as Crystal Palace manager looks to be the re-signing of Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United, reports the BBC. Warnock was drafted in as the new Palace manager on Wednesday, and is looking to bring the former Palace midfielder back to Selhurst Park on a season-long loan.
Zaha left Palace to join United in January 2013 as part of a £15 million deal. The player was subsequently loaned back to the London club to help them earn promotion that year, before beginning his Manchester United career proper the following season. However, he failed to break into the first-team under David Moyes, making just 4 appearances for the Red Devils before being loaned out to Cardiff City for the second half of the season.
The future does not look to be changing too rapidly for Zaha at Old Trafford, despite the arrival of Louis Van Gaal into the manager’s chair. As a result, the midfielder looks set to return to his old stomping ground in a bid to revitalise his career with more regular playing time.
Zaha is still just 21 years old, and he could become a significant player in amongst the young and emerging England set-up. A move to Palace is likely to lead to much more first team opportunities for the midfielder, meaning that his international prospects could improve.
Warnock is not unfamiliar with Zaha, having managed the Eagles once before between 2007 and 2010. Although the former QPR and Sheffield United boss was not responsible for giving Zaha his debut at Palace, Warnock did oversee the wingers development during his time at the club.