Relegation the grim prospect of the post-Zaha era at Palace

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could look to re-sign Wilfried Zaha this summer, per The Sun.

The Norwegian worked with the Crystal Palace star at Cardiff City and he is considered an alternative to Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

What’s the word?

Zaha, of course, was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing during his decades-long tenure at Old Trafford.

The move did not work out, however, and he was sent on loan to both Cardiff and Palace, the latter of which became a permanent move.

The Sun now claim that another return could be on the cards as Solskjaer weighs up his options ahead of the summer transfer window.

Hudson-Odoi and Sancho are mentioned as possible targets but both would be difficult deals to do – Chelsea are under a transfer ban while Sancho could reportedly cost upwards of £100million.

A potential move for Zaha, then, has been mooted, with Solskjaer a big fan of the Palace ace.

He played 13 times for Cardiff under Solskjaer and has enjoyed another good season this term, scoring eight goals and laying on six assists in 29 outings in all competitions.

A relegation battle if they lose him

Palace had better be very careful.

If Zaha departs the club – and maybe few would blame him if he is given another shot at conquering Old Trafford – Palace will be woefully short of game-changers.

The likes of Andros Townsend and Christian Benteke have flattered to deceive this season and, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka also continually linked away, there is the potential of Palace seeing their most important players depart this summer. January signing Michy Batshuayi is only on loan until the end of the season

The Eagles have drifted under Roy Hodgson this season and could still, however unlikely it is, be pulled into the relegation battle before the end of the campaign.

Losing Zaha would be a bitter blow as he is borderline irreplaceable; one wonders how another mercurial winger would be convinced to join a club that has consistently struggled to finish in the top 10.

Without Zaha, they may well drop into the bottom three next season.