Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha earns Roy Hodgson's praise ahead of Manchester United return

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The Eagles are set to battle Jose Mourinho's men at the Old Trafford with the Ivorian forward back in contention after recovering from injury

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has praised Wilfried Zaha for always giving his best in every game ahead of his return to Old Trafford on Saturday.

The 26-year-old has been a key player in the Eagles' set-up and he is expected to feature against his former team Manchester United and 'weave the magic he's capable of'.

Zaha is currently the leading goalscorer in Roy Hodgson's team with three league goals in 10 appearances and the 71-year-old is satisfied with his performance and attitude so far this season.

"Wilf’s always got motivation and I don’t think that ever varies. I don’t think Wilf needs extra motivation," Hodgson told club website.

"I don’t think he needs people pressurising him, putting pressure on him for a performance.

"I think that his attitude to each and every game, be it a home game here at Selhurst Park against a team lower in the league or whether it’s a top match against the Manchester Uniteds, Cities and Liverpools is that he goes out each time to give a performance, to go and do what he knows he’s good at doing.

"We try to profit from that as best we can by getting the ball to him and hoping he can weave that magic which he’s capable of and win us the matches. I believe in his abilities."

Zaha missed the Eagles' 1-0 loss to Everton and withdrew from Cote d'Ivoire's squad last week due to a hamstring injury he picked up against Chelsea a fortnight ago.

However, he has resumed training and participated in the Eagles' training sessions this week which deems him fit for Saturday's encounter.

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"Players who played internationally over the past week are okay. Mamadou Sakho is fit so it's a positive on that front. We have everyone available," the former England manager continued.

"Zaha is over the injury and has been training all week, it's the same with James Tomkins. They were both out for a time due to knocks but both have recovered."

Crystal Palace are placed 16th in the English top-flight standings and will aim to halt their seven-game winless run against the Red Devils.

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