Manchester United morning news: Deadline day Zaha bid revealed; rivals for £5m defender

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A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United, including late Zaha bid and Fellaini’s ambitions.

As Manchester United prepare to face Crystal Palace in today’s early kick-off, Eagles’ manager Ian Holloway has revealed that he attempted to bring Wilfried Zaha back to Selhursrt Park on transfer deadline day.

When asked by Sky Sports when the last time was that he attempted to bring his former player in on loan, Holloway said, “The day the window shut. Just in case.”

As it was, United did not sanction the move, despite the fact that Zaha is yet to feature in the league for his new side.

His former manager at Palace believes Zaha would have got more chances had Sir Alex Ferguson still been in charge.

David (Moyes) has just gone in, and sometimes with Wilf it is a risk as he doesn’t always track back,” he said.

But as the England winger demonstrated during pre-season, when he does get his chances, he will do everything he can to play his way into his new manager’s plans.

One player recently reunited with Moyes is Marouane Fellaini, and the Belgian has revealed to the Express that he wishes to emulate one of Old Trafford’s greatest midfielders.

When asked about Roy Keane, Fellaini said, “He was an aggressive player and maybe I can do this as well.

I can win the ball, clear it and get forward as well so I looked forward to the challenge. I want to play defensive midfield, but if I can help the team further forward then that’s good.”

His first chance to do just that is likely to come this afternoon.

And finally, if previous reports are true that United are interested in Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire, they may now have competition for his signature.

The Metro reports that Chelsea are considering a January bid for the man who is also said to have caught the eye of the Premier League champions.

image: © Tom Brogan

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