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Hodgson Sings Zaha's Praises Ahead of United Game

23 November 2018

Roy Hodgson looked ahead to Crystal Palace's game against Manchester United and found praise for one former United man: the Eagles' own Wilfried Zaha.

The 26-year-old had previously been a doubt for the game but Hodgson confirmed that he is fit and ready to play, stating that his availability will be a boost for the Eagles.

The manager praised Zaha's attitude and ability and played down the significance of returning to a former club for him.

"Wilf’s always got motivation and I don’t think that ever varies. I don’t think Wilf needs extra motivation. I don’t think he needs people pressurising him, putting pressure on him for a performance.

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"I think that his attitude to each and every game, be it a home game here at Selhurst Park against a team lower in the league or whether it’s a top match against the Manchester Uniteds, Cities and Liverpools is that he goes out each time to give a performance, to go and do what he knows he’s good at doing.

"We try to profit from that as best we can by getting the ball to him and hoping he can weave that magic which he’s capable of and win us the matches. I believe in his abilities."

Palace head to Old Trafford for a 15.00 kick-off, buoyed by a strong available squad.

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