The People says United are in talks with Crystal Palace about signing wonderkid Zaha - and then sending him straight back to Ian Holloway on loan.
Fergie is determined to beat rivals Tottenham and Arsenal to the young attacker and agree a fee with Palace.
United won't stretch to the south London club's £20million valuation but could play ball at a lower figure and let 20-year-old Zaha go back on loan.
Insiders reveal that Palace boss Holloway, who sees Zaha as a key asset in his battle for promotion, is warming to the idea. Chairman Steve Parish could also give it the thumbs-up if he is assured of a guaranteed sum - and Zaha's continued services for the Championship high-fliers.