Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always been high on praises on for Wilfred Zaha as Man United target the Ivory Coast international in the summer.
The 26-year-old is valued around £100m by Crystal Palace where he recently signed a contract until 2023.
However, The Red Devils have joined the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal in the hunt for Zaha who they let go five seasons ago to the Eagles.
Talking about Zaha earlier in the season, Manchester United manager indicated that he might have been too young at the time for things to work out in his spell at the club.
“I worked with him for half a season there [at Cardiff]. He was a great lad, he worked hard to improve and it was maybe too early for him when he came to United,” Solskjaer said back in February, prior to Manchester United’s trip to face Palace at Selhurst Park.
“It is great to see him playing well now.”
However, it wasn’t the first that Solskjaer had gone gaga over the Man United target.
The Norwegian had a chance to mentor Zaha during his spell at Cardiff City where he went on to say that given the right amount of work, Zaha could make it to the levels of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He has pace, power, technical ability and goes past people. He will give us that extra change of tempo in the final third, where we really need it.
“He will bring that little final bit to find pockets of space and produce a bit of magic.”
And just a few days later, after Zaha impressed on his debut against Norwich City, Solskjaer made a bold statement about the then 21-year-old.
“I don’t really want to compare Wilfried with Cristiano [Ronaldo], but he has quick feet like Cristiano, he is brave like Cristiano and wants to go forward,” he said.
“But he is young. He has got to make a decision about how good does he want to be and how he loves this game.
“Coming in here he just wants to play football and he’s been bright as a button these last few days.
“He is one of the best I have seen with the ball. He can grow up to become a proper player like Ronaldo if he wants.
“I have never seen anyone work as hard as Ronaldo. Before training, after training, he was an exceptionally dedicated man and proved to everyone what dedication gets you.”