"I like Wilfried Zaha," said Hodgson. "I think he is a good player.
"I went to Palace not so long back to have a look at him and of course he has a massive move to Manchester United.
"It seems to me he is on the threshold of something big."
When a club like Manchester United is prepared to pay a lot of money for a player because they will help them to win things it is a tremendous boost to both confidence and ego.
"As coaches we can't do any more. After you have lit the touch paper, all we can do is retire and hope they buzz."