Manchester United starlet's transfer could be detrimental to Crystal Palace

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be in for Manchester United starlet Wilfried Zaha, a move that could devastate to his former side.

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was promised funds to spend in January by much-derided owner Vincent Tan, in the hope Cardiff remain a Premier League side next season.

The Bluebirds currently sit only one point and one place above the drop zone with Tony Pulis's Crystal Palace looking to leapfrog them in the league. 

However, if Cardiff City sign their latest target Wilfried Zaha, as is being reported possible by WalesOnline it could hurt the side that spent years nurturing the young star's talent.

Palace themselves have dropped out of the running, with Tony Pulis telling Talksport: "We've spoken to David Moyes about Zaha and I don't think he's too keen on him coming back to London.

"It's not a problem for us, he's a Manchester United player. We don't think it's a goer, although we were very keen if there was a possibility to take him on."

The England midfielder does have Premier League ability and despite his career at Old Trafford not starting incredibly well, it takes nothing away from the huge potential showed from him last season.

The 21-year-old was lauded for his performances and being a major contributor to Crystal Palace's promotion.

He scored 6 and created 9 goals and was one of the players named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year. His time at Manchester United hasn't exactly been as impressive, playing just 28 minutes of Premier League football and in that time, he has registered more fouls than shots on goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be lauded if he can entice the England winger to the Cardiff City Stadium, because he does have the ability to keep the Welsh side in the Premier League.

Unfortunately for Palace fans, if Cardiff remain in the Premier Leagues for next season, mathematically it makes their survival chances less likely.

No supporter likes to see former academy players working against the side that spent time developing their talent. And in this case, it could be one of Crystal Palace's most successful talents that could deal a blow in their relegation.

images: © jamesboyes, © Tom Brogan

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch