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Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (R) celebrates with Yannick Bolaise after beating Watford in the Championship play-off final. Pic: Reuters

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (R) celebrates with Yannick Bolaise after beating Watford in the Championship play-off final. Pic: Reuters

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (R) celebrates with Yannick Bolaise after beating Watford in the Championship play-off final. Pic: Reuters

Ian Holloway is tempted to ask new Manchester United boss David Moyes if he can loan Wilfried Zaha next season.

Winger Zaha, who will complete a £15million switch to Old Trafford this summer, signed off in style by helping Crystal Palace to victory over Watford in the Championship play-off final.

Zaha's dart into The Hornets' penalty area in the 15th minute of extra-time ended with Marco Cassetti bringing him down, with Kevin Phillips dispatching the spot-kick.

And Eagles boss Holloway could certainly use him next season as he attempts to keep the south Londoners in the Premier League.

"I think he'd be silly to give me him back," Holloway said.

"Now we're up it might be realistic, but who knows?

"He (Moyes) will know the task he's got. Mine will be staying up, his will be winning every week. Good luck to him and good luck to us."

Zaha was in tears after the match, having given his all to ensure his boyhood club would be joining him in the top flight next term.

"I'm speechless," he said. "I'm exhausted and speechless and I don't even know what to say. It's my dream come true and this is all I wanted.

"To leave Palace now, knowing they're in the Premier League, that's all I wanted.

"I told myself I'd give all I can. I've given it 200 per cent and I've wanted it for so long. I just wanted to help out the team and I'm happy we actually made it."

Palace's promotion meant the England international's leaving gift for the club he has been at since he was eight was not just his transfer fee, but also the eye-watering £120million jackpot that comes with promotion.

Defender Danny Gabbidon said: "Zaha's been here a long time, he owes the club a lot. The player you see today is what has come out of this club.

"He was emotional after the game, I think he realised just what he has done and what we have done.

"Now he's moving on to play for one of the best teams in the world next season.

"I'm really pleased for him, it's a fairytale ending."

Zaha was Alex Ferguson's final signing as United boss, and Eagles midfielder Owen Garvan has backed him to be a hit at Old Trafford under new manager David Moyes.

"Fair play to him, he cares so much about the club, he's been here since such a young age," said the Dubliner.

"He grew up with the club, he's fond of the club but you can't really turn down Manchester United.

"I'm sure David Moyes will get into him and he will be a top player in the future."

Holloway praised his heroes and Phillips in particular. The 39-year-old, on loan from Blackpool, stepped up in his fourth play-off final to send Palace back to the top flight.

"If I had to put everything I own on someone smacking it in the net, then I'd put it on Kev," Holloway said.


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