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Wilfried Zaha accepts a move to Manchester United for £10m

Wilfried Zaha’s move to Manchester United was agreed on this day 10 years ago.

Zaha agreed a five-and-a-half-year deal at Old Trafford on 25 January 2013 and was loaned back to Crystal Palace until the summer.

“I’m delighted to come to Manchester United,” said Zaha, who became Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing when the Scot retired four months later.

Wilfried Zaha had an unhappy time at Manchester United and failed to make a single Premier League start (Martin Rickett/PA)

“But the focus for the next five months will be exclusively on Crystal Palace.

“I have been at Palace for more than 10 years.

“I will always love the club and I want to help get them back to the Premier League, especially for the fans who have always been so good to me.”

Crystal Palace v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League - Selhurst Park

Zaha has scored 89 goals for Crystal Palace (John Walton/PA)

United reportedly agreed a £10m upfront fee for the 20-year-old winger, with a further £5m in add-ons.

Zaha struggled under Ferguson’s successor David Moyes and did not make a single Premier League start for United.

He was loaned out to Cardiff in January 2014 before returning to Palace, initially on a temporary deal before signing permanently for the Eagles in February 2015.

The Ivory Coast international has scored 89 goals in 450 Palace games.

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