Wilfried Zaha could return to Crystal Palace as early as today, after new Eagles boss Neil Warnock revealed he had spoken to the winger last night.
Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson's final signing at Manchester United before he retired, but was cast aside by David Moyes and does not feature in Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford plans.
His future seemed to be sealed when he was an un-used substitute during United's 4-0 humiliation against MK Dons on Tuesday. Now Warnock has told talkSPORT Zaha is close to making a return to the club where he caught Fergsuson's eye on loan.
"I had half-an-hour last night telling him why I want him to come back and I'm optimistic we are going to do it today," the 65 year-old said.
"When you get the chance, you can't turn down Manchester United but there are so many big players there and sometimes you get a bit lost.
"He is still developing, Wilfried, and he has got so much talent. When you are a wide player, or a forward, you need to feel loved.
"I've heard it said about his attitude, but I've always thought his attitude has been spot on, so I'm looking forward to working with him."
Zaha has made just two appearances for United since making the move to Manchester in January 2013.
In the wake of the move he was immediately loaned back to Palace, who at the time were managed by Ian Holloway, and played a pivotal role in their playoff promotion to the Premier League.
The 21 year-old scored two second-half goals to send the Eagles to Wembley, where they then defeated Watford 1-0.
A fan favourite during his time at the south London club, the winger's loan move would be popular amongst the Slehurst faithful, and give Warnock a boost ahead of Saturday's clash away at Newcastle United.