Zaha had said he was determined to get Palace promoted to the Premier League as a leaving present, and whilst they limped into the play offs, it was Zaha’s brace in the semi finals against Brighton that sees them a step away from English football’s top tier.
With a final against Watford to come, Zaha’s manager Ian Holloway has talked up his departing attacker claiming he will come as a huge help to new manager David Moyes:
“Wilf’s talents will win games in the top flight and he will help Manchester United to win matches with their new manager next season.
“Palace are a very good team when Wilf is in it, but without the other players he wouldn’t look half as good.
“We feel like we are losing a member of our family because Wilf is etched so much into this club.
“But I wouldn’t have been doing Palace any favours if we’d stopped him from joining a club like Manchester United.
“How would he have been feeling if we’d been selfish and denied him that opportunity? What would he have produced for us after that?
“But now I think we will see him pay us back against Watford at Wembley because I know how well he can play in a situation like this.”