LONDON: Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway followed up his team’s return to the Premier League by considering asked Manchester United to delay the £15m move of starlet Wilfried Zaha for one more year.
Zaha is due to head north to Old Trafford this summer after having apparently signed in style by helping Palace to victory over Watford in the Championship [second division] play-off final at Wembley on Monday.
The winger’s spurt into the penalty area in the 15th minute of extra time ended with Marco Cassetti bringing him down and veteran Kevin Phillips converting the spot-kick for a 1-0 win.
Holloway will now be contacting new United manager David Moyes, though more in hope than confidence.
Palace’s manager said: “I think he’d be silly to give me him back. Now we’re up it might be realistic, but who knows? He (Moyes) will know the task he’s got. Mine will be staying up, his will be winning every week. Good luck to him and good luck to us.”
Zaha was in tears after the match, having given his all to ensure his boyhood club would be joining him in the top flight next term.
He said: “I’m exhausted. It’s my dream come true and this is all I wanted. To leave Palace now, knowing they’re in the Premier League, that’s all I wanted. I told myself I’d give all I can, I’ve given it 200 per cent and I’ve wanted it for so long. I just wanted to help out the team and I’m happy we actually made it.”