Wilfried Zaha would have become “one of the best players out there” had Sir Alex Ferguson stayed at Manchester United, according to his ex-Crystal Palace team-mate Glen Murray.

United reached an agreement to sign Zaha from Palace for an initial £10 million ($13m) fee in January 2013, before allowing him to see out the second half of the season at Selhurst Park on loan.

The Ivory Coast international turned out to be the last signing of Ferguson’s 27-year reign in Manchester, as the Scot walked away from the Red Devils following a 13th Premier League title triumph.

Murray, who played at Selhurst Park between 2011 and 2015, thinks Zaha’s career would have turned out differently if Ferguson had extended his stay with the Red Devils.

The Brighton forward also believes a former colleague is now ready for another big move, with Arsenal still considered to be the ideal next destination for a proven Premier League performer.

“Palace fans won’t thank me for saying this, but I do think Zaha needs to go, I think he needs to flourish,” Murray told Talksport.

“Even as far back as when he joined Manchester United… I believe that if Sir Alex [Ferguson] still would have been in charge he would have been one of the best players out there now.

“I was really surprised Arsenal didn’t go for him last year and they decided to go for Pepe.

“It baffled me that they didn’t go for him. I feel Wilf would have been a slightly cheaper option and he’s someone that knows the league very well.

“Staying in London would be good for him as well; he’s a real London boy and I just think he would have been the perfect fit there.”