Pardew: This Crystal Palace star could still play for Manchester United

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Alan Pardew still believes that Wilfried Zaha could play for Manchester United.

Wilfried Zaha returned to the Eagles this season, but head coach Pardew has told London24 that the winger could play for Manchester United again in the future.

After originally leaving Selhurst Park for the Red Devils in 2013, 22-year-old Zaha did little to suggest that he was of the level required to be a regular at Old Trafford. He ended up making just four appearances for United, before being shipped out on loan to Cardiff City for the second half of last season.

He returned to Manchester in the summer, before leaving, once again on loan, to sign with former club Palace. He impressed in the opening stages of the campaign, and the Eagles agreed a permanent return for their former star in the January transfer window.

Although yet to reach the heights of his first spell in London, the youngster has made 26 appearances this term, scoring two goals and creating four more. He was in and out of the first team under Neil Warnock, but has been finding consistency since Alan Pardew’s appointment as head coach, and that can only help the team, and himself.

With time he will undoubtedly improve further, and likely receive interest from England’s biggest clubs again, and Pardew believes that he could once again play for Manchester United.

Speaking to London24, the former Palace midfielder said: “I think the Manchester United thing came too early for him, and let's be honest he didn’t get a fair chance up there, but he needs to get rid of it and build his career again.

“There is no reason that, at his age, he can’t get back to Manchester United one day as a seasoned player who knows how to deal with the situation better.”

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