As part of their agreement, United would loan Zaha back to Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season. While it would be ideal to have Zaha as soon as possible, Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. don't seem to mind helping the Eagles for one simple reason: This move is about the future, not the present.
The 20-year-old Zaha is one of the most promising young players in the world. His speed, vision and footwork are simply amazing. He displays unique creativity in the open field, and he's capable of shredding an entire back line by himself.
He's also a reliable finisher, which is evidenced above. He can score with either foot, and he's been known to find the net off of headers as well.
This season, Zaha has been one of the most productive players in the English Championship League. He's already notched five goals and four assists while leading Palace to fourth-place standing in the table.
Zaha would be an excellent addition to United's offense, and his presence would set the team up to dominate in the coming years.
The Red Devils already have several young and talented attacking players.
Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are all 24 or younger. Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are all 27, so they've got plenty of good years left. Even elder statesman Robin van Persie, 29, is relatively young.
Add Zaha into that mix, and Manchester United is guaranteed to have one of the world's most potent attacks for the next few years.