Zaha returns to Palace

Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has returned to his former club Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of this season, BBC Sport has confirmed.

Zaha is the first new player to arrive at Selhurst Park since the appointment of Neil Warnock as the new Palace manager on Wednesday.

Warnock, who like Zaha is also in his second spell with the Eagles, moved to snap up the 21-year-old after it became apparent that Zaha’s chances of first team action at Old Trafford would continue to be limited.

Zaha was born in Ivory Coast but brought up in Croydon, making Palace his local team as a boy. Having come through the Eagles’ youth system he made his senior debut as a 17-year-old in 2010.

His performances garnered great interest from Premier League clubs, and even earned him a full cap for England before he had even played in the top flight.

Manchester United eventually secured his services for an initial £10 million in the January transfer window of 2010, but he was immediately loaned back to Palace for the rest of that season.

But Zaha failed to crack the Old Trafford first team, making just four appearances (including no Premier League starts), before being loaned to Cardiff City for the second half of last season, where he failed to score in 13 games.

But now he has been handed the opportunity to resurrect his career with his boyhood club, and expressed his delight at the move, saying: “I’m just buzzing to be back, to be in and around the lads again.

“There have been rumours for a while, but it was only yesterday that it got sorted out and I am happy because I just need to get out and play. The best place to come back to is Palace where I am loved.”

Zaha and his team mates face the long trip to Newcastle this weekend as they bid to put their early season turmoil behind them.

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