Ex-Palace Boss Is Doing His Best To Sell Zaha To Manchester United

0 Posted by - April 2, 2019 - News

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. 

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  • Gordon April 2, 2019 - 8:14 am Reply

    I like Holloway and we do owe him a debt of gratitude. (It was an amazing achievement to get us promoted with the squad he had at his disposal – and it was a miracle that Pulis then kept us up when Holloway left). But, whilst he’s entitled to his opinions, he must surely realise that continual speculation about Zaha’s future is unlikely to be good for the player and won’t be appreciated in SE25.
    I have to admit I’d forgotten the sell-on clause when I suggested a while back that if we had to sell a star player it might be better to sell Zaha rather than AWB. Anyone know what the sell-on % is? If Man U were really keen to have him, couldn’t we simply demand our valuation plus whatever that % is bearing in mind they’d get it back anyway? Does this perhaps make Man U the perfect suitor – maybe the only realistic one?

    • Eric The Ninja April 2, 2019 - 4:49 pm Reply

      I dispute that Holloway got us promoted. He very nearly tanked it. It was Freedman and the squad he built that got us up, with a little help from Brighton and the dressing room incident. I like the man too but he deserves very little credit in getting us promoted. I doubt Man U could afford Zaha’s true worth, especially while attempting to land other targets. Even a top club would be blowing most if not all of their transfer budget trying to buy both. If we sold either the damage to team morale would be catastrophic.

  • Mike Ward April 2, 2019 - 12:02 pm Reply

    Luckily I doubt Solskjaer is looking to Ian Holloway for advice about what players to bring in.

  • ee signing April 2, 2019 - 3:33 pm Reply

    I think S+Zaha would have been fine as A Ferguson player. He alays played wingers. Moyes never did. So the timing was out. being the previous managers last signing was never going to be easy. Howeever Holloway is not part of this club now and should politely be told where to stick it

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