Roy Hodgson hints at Crystal Palace exit for Wilf Zaha

Zaha was heavily linked with a move to Everton last summer, before the Blues eventually opted for Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi instead.

However, with Zaha in inspired form for Palace at the start of the season, Hodgson has confirmed there is new transfer interest in the 27-year old.

Arsenal are rumoured to be one of the clubs tracking the Ivory Coast international, ahead of the end of the transfer window, but Palace will be determined to hold out for at least £50m.

Crystal Palace seal shock 3-1 Premier League win at Manchester United

Palace rode their luck after the break, but a below par United can have few complaints about losing their first game of the new season.

The visitors looked to stay compact and hit United on the counterattack in the early stages, and that paid off perfectly after just seven minutes.

Mamadou Sakho’s pass fed Jeff Schlupp in behind the United defence and his low cross flew across the box with Townsend arriving on cue to tuck home at the far post.

That early setback rocked United, with Paul Pogba’s long range effort their only chance inside the first 45 minutes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw on Mason Greenwood after the break, but the teenager wasted a brilliant chance to equalise on the hour mark.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s cross was perfect for the England international, but his free header flashes wide of the post.

That miss was to prove crucial for United, as Palace were handed an early season present by VAR with twenty minutes to go.

Referee Martin Atkinson chose to go with the technology and award the softest of soft penalties against Victor Lindelof.

United were initially handed a reprieve as David De Gea saved Jordan Ayew penalty, but Atkinson firmly removed himself from Solskjaer’s Christmas card list by ordering a retake.

Zaha pulled rank on Ayew for the second spot kick as the former United man fired past De Gea.

The hosts did look to rally in the closing stages, as debutant Donny van der Beek slotted home, but
Palace’s pace and power on the counter proved the difference once again.

With United pushing high up in the Palace half, a long ball out of defence released Zaha yet again and he held off Lindelof to seal all three points.


Crystal Palace grab 1-0 Premier League opening day win over Southampton

The Saints were the brighter of the two sides in the opening stages, with Vicente Guaita called into action to deny Jack Stephens and Danny Ings early on.

Palace were more than happy to let their visitors enjoy the bulk of possession, and the counter attacking threat of Zaha worked perfectly on 14 minutes.

James McCarthy’s tackle sent Andros Townsend in behind the Saints defence, and with Stephens and Jan Bednarek unable to recover, Zaha arrived on cue to bury his low cross.

With the game in danger of drifting after the break, Saints defender Kyle-Walker Peters gave referee Jon Moss something to think about just after the restart.

Moss initially showed him a straight red card after a lunge at Tyrick Mitchell, but after a long VAR check, he downgraded to a yellow.

That reprieve pushed the Saints on, as Guaita produced a fantastic reaction stop from Che Adams.

Palace set their stall out to dig in for the final 15 minutes, as makeshift centre back Cheick Kouyate held the defence together.

This game certainly won’t go down as a classic for attacking quality, but Palace’s trademark stubbornness was enough to secure the points.