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Wilfried Zaha signs with Crystal Palace on permanent transfer

Things never worked out for the winger at Manchester United, so now it's time to head back home.

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Just two years after leaving Crystal Palace to sign for Manchester United, Wilfried Zaha has officially signed a permanent transfer with Palace to stay with the London club for the next five and a half years.

After impressing in the Championship with Crystal Palace in the early stages of the 2012-13 season, Manchester United snapped up the promising winger that January with an eye to making him a star of the future. Once he actually arrived in Manchester in the summer after finishing the season on loan with Palace, things never really seemed right for Zaha with his new club. He never earned many minutes with Manchester, then failed to score a goal with relegation-bound Cardiff on loan in the second half of the season.

Sent back to Palace on loan at the start of this season, Zaha still hasn't done great, scoring one goal in 16 league appearances. That made Manchester decide to cut bait, selling him back to Palace for an undisclosed fee rumored to be between £3-6m, with incentives likely making up the wide discrepancy in reported fees.

Zaha is only 22, so it's not as though he's out of time to become a good player, but he's certainly nowhere near where people thought he would be by now. Hopefully he'll be able to figure things out now that the pressure of being the next Manchester United star is no longer weighing him down, because for someone with his talents to go down as a disappointment in the Premier League would be a massive shame.