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Man Utd advised to sign the ‘Premier League’s Cristiano Ronaldo’

By Chris Smith

Published: 19:15, 31 March 2019

Ian Holloway believes Wilfried Zaha still has the potential to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo and has urged Manchester United to re-sign the Crystal Palace winger.

Sir Alex Ferguson agreed a £10m deal to bring Zaha to Old Trafford in 2013 but retired from management in the summer of that year, with the Ivorian winger subsequently struggling under replacement boss, David Moyes.

Could Zaha return to Man Utd? Five key things to know…

  1. Zaha signed for Man Utd in 2013 with Sir Alex Ferguson agreeing a £10m deal.
  2. However, Ferguson retired that summer and Zaha struggled for games under David Moyes.
  3. The Ivorian spent time on loan at Cardiff and Palace, before completing a return deal to the Eagles.
  4. Zaha has scored 33 goals in 173 game since returning to Palace.
  5. Ian Holloway believes Zaha should return to Old Trafford and feels he could still emulate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zaha then spent time on loan at Cardiff City and back at Crystal Palace, before completing a permanent return to Selhurst Park which has seen him become one of the Premier League’s most feared attacking weapons in recent years.

And ex-Eagles boss Holloway still thanks Zaha could go on to reach even higher levels, hailing him as the most talented player he’s ever worked with.

“I’ve never worked with someone as talented as him,” he told talkSPORT. “It was always about putting those pieces together.

“When you’ve got the amount of skill Wilfried has, it’s about when to do it.

“If they’re going to go to a 4-4-2, they should definitely sign him.

“Is [Anthony] Martial a winger or a wannabe No. 9? And do you really want to play [Marcus] Rashford in a wide left position? I think they still have got some issues to resolve.”

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Zaha’s Palace currently sit 13th in the Premier League table while Man Utd have climbed to fourth under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Holloway: Sir Alex would have ‘loved’ Zaha

Holloway then went on to claim Zaha would have been a perfect fit for Ferguson had he remained in the Man Utd dugout, highlighting the effect the Scot had on Ronaldo during their time together Old Trafford.

He added: “There was no better thing than seeing Ryan Giggs running down the wing beating people in a Manchester United shirt for years and years.

“They haven’t really got a winger anymore. Wilf was never given a proper opportunity at United.

“Sir Alex [Ferguson], I totally believe, would have loved him.

“Look at what he did for [Cristiano] Ronaldo? Wilfried has still got that in him, so if I were United I would champion him, and if not maybe Manchester City might take him.”