Holloway compares Zaha to Ronaldo, reveals what would’ve happened had Ferguson not retired


Ian Holloway Former Crystal Palace manager, Ian Holloway has expressed belief that Wilfried Zaha could have made it to the very top like Cristiano Ronaldo if Sir Alex Ferguson not retired as manager of Manchester United.

”Wilfried Zaha is the most talented person I’ve ever seen with a football,’ he told The Sack Race. ‘He can make the damn thing sing. I’m not exaggerating. The Crystal Palace players would put music on in the dressing room and Wilf would dance with the ball at his feet, all in time with the beat.

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”If you look at Cristiano Ronaldo with Sir Alex when he first went to Man Utd, I felt Wilf would be able to do that with the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. I actually rang The Great Man myself. Crystal Palace had just beaten Peterborough, managed by Darren Ferguson, who saw the winning goal that Wilf helped create for us from one of their corners. It was absolutely outstanding.

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From my point of view, the only thing that went wrong for Wilf is that Sir Alex retired that summer, because I wanted his experience. Wilf didn’t believe that he was as good as I believed he could be.

”He always wanted the ball but he had to learn how to give it to someone else, and then sprint. He didn’t realise how important it is to make off-the-ball movements.’


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