Ian Holloway was the man in charge of Crystal Palace when Wilfried Zaha first agreed to join Manchester United and now, the Bristolian is urging the Reds to take the winger back to Old Trafford for a second crack of the whip.
It’s no secret that Zaha’s time in the North West was a disaster but many, including Holloway, put that down to the mismanagement of David Moyes, rather than a lack of ability from Wilfried himself. The Scotsman, who had been handpicked as a successor by the outgoing Alex Ferguson, was having real trouble bedding in and as such, refused to give first-team chances to the still raw Zaha for fear of losing his job. Inevitably, his P45 arrived anyway but his failure to involve Zaha in the first-team led to a chain of events which eventually saw the wide man return permanently to Selhurst Park.
Now, with Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer in place and suggestions that United and interested in both Zaha and Wan-Bissaka, Holloway is talking up the move, comparing his wing-play to that of Ryan Giggs. His reasoning centres around suggestions that the Norwegian will head back to a standard 4-4-2; a formation which he feels Wilfried would flourish in as an out-and-out winger.
Whilst I can certainly understand the fondness Holloway has for one of his former stars, I’m not particularly comfortable with him enthusiastically trying to drum up interest in a player who is undeniably massive for Palace’s chances of success from week to week. There will almost certainly be interest in Zaha over the summer, there always is but we don’t need former Palace managers taking to the airwaves and actively trying to push a deal along.
Financially, the sell-on clauses which exist in the deal we struck with United to bring Zaha back will likely make any potential move a non-starter but would Wilf himself really want to head back to a club where he saw the papers drag his name through the mud? I doubt it.