Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson is genuinely disappointed by the fact that it did not work out for Wilfired Zaha at Manchester United. The winger's transfer from Palace was sanctioned by Ferguson in 2013 but the move never worked out as he struggled to make it into the first team and was sent on multiple loans spells before making his way back to Palace in 2015.
Zaha has a chance to prove his detractors at Old Trafford wrong by helping the Eagles win the FA Cup at Wembley where they face United in the finals. The 23-year-old was out for the last month with an injury but is likely to be back in full fitness for the final where the manager is hoping that he can exact revenge on his previous employers and end the season on a high.
"Zaha had a slight injury before [the semi-final], which we were worried about, then he went and nearly scored one of the great semi-final goals," Pardew said, as quoted by the Mirror. "The final is going to be a big day for Wilf. This guy has got unbelievable potential. I spoke to Sir Alex in the week. He was asking about him because I think he's genuinely disappointed it didn't work out for Wilf."
Zaha did not have the best season in a Palace shirt by his standards, scoring only five goals and assisting three in 38 appearances in all competitions, a relatively underwhelming return for a player with such promise. However, he is determined to give his best in the final but says he does not have any personal vendetta against United and would be approaching this game like any other final.
"Everyone goes on about Manchester United all the time but they're just another team in the final," Zaha said.
"I don't see it as anything special. It can be United, Aston Villa, Chelsea or whoever. My only objective is to win with Palace. It doesn't mean anything to me who we play.
"Look, I went to United and what happened there happened. I'm back at Palace now and playing for this club. I don't have anything against United. Playing them won't make me run any faster or try any harder. I'll still play the same way I play," he added.