Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has accepted there is little prospect of Manchester United new-boy Wilfried Zaha spending the season back at Selhurst Park.
Zaha was a key man as Palace secured a place in the Premier League in May, yet the 20-year-old winger had already agreed a move to United in January and started training with new boss David Moyes and his Premier League champions last week.
Palace have indicated an interest in potentially taking the England international back on loan, but Holloway expects the youngster to emerge as a first-team star at Old Trafford next season.
“I don’t think for one minute I’d even consider asking David Moyes about signing him right now,” Holloway told talkSPORT. “I don’t think it’s fair to the boy. He’s got to have a go at Man United.
“I’m sure I know Moyes that well that if there was a club in the Premier League that Wilfried Zaha wanted to play for, if it wasn’t Manchester United, I’m sure it would be us, so I’m sure the phone would ring.
“Let’s be perfectly honest: I think the boy is so exciting he’s going to have a chance at Man United and I can see him getting in their first team and I genuinely mean that.
“I wish him all the best in his Manchester United career and well done to them for buying him. Sir Alex Ferguson very rarely gets them wrong and David Moyes will be delighted he’s found that talent in his midst because he can win games at the very, very top level."