WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Zaha will shine

25/01/2013 08:43

Chris McKenna writes in the Daily Star...

Fergie’s bagged a real super-Zaha
Wilfriend Zaha has been tipped to become a huge hit for Manchester United. Crystal Palace winger Zaha, 20, is expected to have a medical at Old Trafford today ahead of his £15m move. United will loan him back immediately to the London side for the rest of the season, but former Palace boss Dougie Freedman thinks Zaha will soon make an impression on Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team. The Bolton manager saw Zaha come through the ranks during his time as a player at Palace and was assistant boss when the forward made his debut for the Eagles in 2010. The Scot then nurtured the in-demand winger during his time as Palace chief and believes he has the right “arrogance” to succeed at United. He said: “If it is Man United and he is getting a medical, then he fully deserves it. It is the biggest club in the world and I believe he could go into that team and surprise a few. He won’t be fazed by it. I would not say he is cocky off the field but on the field he has a certain arrogance that you have to have."

The Daily Mail says Sir Alex has identified France Under-19 centre back Kurt Zouma as another summer transfer target. The paper claims the boss wants to buy a long-term replacement for Nemanja Vidic and has also sent scouts to watch Benfica's Ezequiel Garay several times.

Elsewhere, the Manchester Evening News features a story on Paul Scholes after the Reds legend signed up for a 300-mile charity bike ride – which takes place at the same time as the UEFA Champions League final. He has agreed to take part in the ride from Malaga to Gibraltar in May and all proceeds raised will go to the Hearts and Minds charity.

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