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Wilfried Zaha Ends Manchester United Nightmare To Re-Join Crystal Palace On Loan

28/08/2014 11:51 BST | Updated 28/08/2014 11:59 BST

Wilfried Zaha has ended his Manchester United nightmare and returned to Crystal Palace on a season-long loan with the option of making the move permanent.

Zaha, 21, will be remembered as Sir Alex Ferguson's final - and forgettable - signing, having agreed to join United in a £15 million deal from the Eagles 18 months ago.

Although Ferguson knew he was retiring at the time, he did not disclose his plans to his closest confidants, let alone Zaha, and the winger arrived at Old Trafford to be managed by David Moyes.

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Zaha has played just four times for United

Zaha was one of the few United squad members to excel on an energy-sapping pre-season tour of Australia and Asia last year and was rewarded with a first competitive start in the Community Shield. Yet amid rumours and reservations about his discipline, Zaha did not play again until late October in a Capital One Cup tie against Norwich City before making two substitute appearances in December.

He admitted in July he was not Moyes' "cup of tea" and has not played for United this year after he was loaned out to Cardiff in January.

Louis van Gaal's arrival has escalated Zaha's departure after the England international featured just twice off the bench during the club's tour of the United States. The Dutchman claimed Zaha would have to play as a striker "otherwise he cannot play".

Zaha could lead a mass exodus from Old Trafford over the next four days. Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Javier Hernández and Anders Lindegaard are all free to leave the club before the transfer window shuts at 11pm on Monday.