Micheal Owen has offered an important piece of advice to Manchester United who are hours away from their EPL clash with Crystal Palace.
The 37-year-old former English footballer understands Mourinho and his men are desperate to run over Palace in Sunday’s game, but the visitors may be plotting a surprise away game at Old Trafford.
Owen has respect for all players but there’s something special about Wilfried Zaha.
The 24-year-old Ivorian footballer joined Palace on a permanent transfer from Manchester United, and it’s clear that he’s no stranger to what his teammates will face on Sunday.
Zaha has moved between United and Palace, having joined The Reds during Sir Alex Ferguson’s last days as manager of the club side.
Image: Wilfried Zaha
The youngster was one of Fergie’s last signings as he wrapped up his well decorated 25-year reign.
Zaha reportedly put pain to paper in a £10m deal from Palace in 2013 but was sent out on loan to Cardiff City before the end of English Premier League’s 2012/13 season.
He returned to Palace in 2014 on a £3m transfer and has boosted his image so far with 36 Premier League games, 7 goals and 9 assists.
Image: Wilfried Zaha
“Jose Mourinho suggested after the draw with Southampton earlier in the week, that he would field a weakened side against the Eagles and, with that in mind, this is a difficult game to predict,” Owen said.
“Palace Player of the Season Wilfried Zaha has had a great season and he will want to show everyone at United just what might have been.”
Although Zaha has been courted by Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce says he’s waiting to make more demands once the player signs a new contract.
“I think it’s [Zaha’s contract] in negotiation, I don’t know how far it’s gone and I don’t know what the figures are way, the figures in the paper are likely to be exaggerated as they are to come from the agent,” Allardyce said in his press conference.
“He loves Crystal Palace, he’s been brought up here, he had a brief spell at Manchester United and started getting publicity.
“With a bigger deal there’s a bigger responsibility, and when he gets the deal I’m expecting a lot more than I’m already getting from him, which is saying something because I’m getting an awful lot as it is.”