They may play in similar claret and blue kits but that's pretty much where the similarities between Palace and the mighty Catalan giants usually end.
While the skillful winger didn't quite cut it with the Red Devils after his big money move, he has kicked on under Alan Pardew this season despite Palace's struggles.
A better dribbler than the great Messi and two off Neymar
And remarkably he sits among esteemed company in third spot in Europe's top five leagues when it comes to dribbling with an incredible 118 successful dribbles.
That is an average of approximately 3.2 take-ons per game. Not only does it mean Zaha is one of the most exciting players in the Premier League and indeed Europe to watch, it also puts him above master dribbler Messi who has 105 successful dribbles.
In another surprise on the list, the Palace man is pipped by France midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa of Nice, who played for Pardew at Newcastle United.
Barca and Brazil superstar Neymar is the king dribbler with two more successful dribbles than Zaha (120).
Zaha comfortably the Premier League's best
In the Premier League itself, Zaha is comfortably top, ahead of Player of the Year contender Riyad Mahrez who sits in second place, having made 105 successful dribbles.
Zaha has more successful take-ons to his name than any other English international. Ross Barkley of Everton is closest with 102 successful dribbles and features at number eight on the list.
The statistics are sure to give Palace and particularly Zaha a massive confidence boost ahead of their crucial FA Cup semi-final clash with Watford at the weekend.
And Wembley is the perfect stage for Zaha to show off his supreme dribbling skills for what will be Palace's biggest audience for many years.