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Palace legend Hilaire: Zaha better than Man Utd's Nani, Valencia

Crystal Palace legend Vince Hilaire believes Wilfried Zaha can be a Manchester United star. Zaha faces Watford at Wembley today in the Premier League promotion playoff.

Hilaire - who played 293 times for Palace between 1977-84 - says the whizkid can become an Old Trafford regular by helping the Londoners to promotion.

Hilaire, 53, told The Sun: "With a new manager coming in at United, Zaha has the chance against Watford to fire himself into the reckoning at Old Trafford.

"None of the three wide players at United - Nani, Antonio Valencia or Ashley Young - have pulled up any trees this season.

"If Zaha puts on a decent performance at Wembley, he could end up starting next season in David Moyes' first team.

"There is no bigger incentive than that and I expect him to be right on the ball."

Hilaire reckons Zaha could go on to become a global superstar at United.

He said: "I compare him to Cristiano Ronaldo - he's got very quick feet and an eye for goal.

"I just hope he gets the chance at United to show what he can do."

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