Manchester United could be the biggest winners, regardless of whether Crystal Palace make the play-off final or lose to Brighton.
They are the biggest winners because win or lose, Palace’s play-off fate is going to leave them with plenty of positives as far as Wilfried Zaha is concerned.
If Palace don’t manage to get the edge over Brighton, meaning another season in the Championship, it will leave the teenage winger with a very bitter taste in his mouth as he heads up North to link up with United.
That could work in United’s favour because it will give David Moyes a very angry and talented young man to work with, which he can definitely use to the advantage of the Premier League champions.
Anger in a player makes things such as determination and drive an effective guarantee, which is very important for United as Zaha will be representing the Old Trafford club for the first time.
It could mean he has more of an impact in his first games for United, increasing his consistency which gives him a much better chance of having an effect when he first plays for the club.
United will also benefit from these various aspects if Palace beat Brighton but fail to get the better of Watford in the Championship play-off final at Watford.
In that instance Moyes may have a slightly bigger job in terms of picking up the confidence of the youngster, but after some of his very flamboyant displays this season, that shouldn’t really be a problem.
If Palace win this evening and then go on to win the play-off final, the only possible negative which could come as a result for Moyes is the fact that Zaha may want to try and stay at Palace next season.
However, considering the inconsistency of many wingers at Old Trafford so far this year, that seems unlikely and he seems like the quality and confidence player who should get a chance under Moyes.
If Palace go up through the play-offs, there are no possible negative effects for United. They will have a player who is sky high, having played a very big role in securing promotion for a Championship side.
That will mean his confidence will be almost at its limit, leaving Moyes with the only problem of how to keep Zaha from going overboard when he’s effectively straining at the leash to try and get a game at Old Trafford.
He’s a very exciting winger and was a very sensible investment by Sir Alex Ferguson, even after he’d decided in his mind that he was going to retire this summer.
Zaha gives Moyes more positive headaches than negative ones and it’s all down to what state of fitness and mind he’s in when Moyes first gets the chance to work with him.
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