Manchester United’s decision to loan out Wilfried Zaha and Bebe could cause their manager a headache, but in a positive way.
Sir Alex Ferguson has always had a very good eye for spotting raw talent and then signing that raw talent before any other club can make a move.
Two players he’s sent out on loan, for different reasons, will now give him one hell of a headache when they both return to the club this summer.
Wilfried Zaha is a player United signed in January before sending back on loan to Crystal Palace. He has scored six goals and created five goals during 32 league games for the promotion chasing Championship side.
He’s one of the most talented wingers currently playing in English football and doesn’t seem to have been affected by his high profile and big money move to United.
Bebe is a very similar player who originally joined Manchester United in 2010. He’s been yo-yoing on various loan deals ever since he signed for the club and has started to show the sort of signs which Ferguson would have been looking for.
He’s settled at Rio Ave and while he’s only scored one goal in eight games, he’s playing consistently at a club, getting experience and looks a much better player for all of it.
The problem Ferguson now has is what to do with all of his wingers because when Zaha and Bebe go back to United, he’ll have a selection of five top class wide men to choose from including Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
The problem that creates is that unless Ferguson uses Valencia as a right back, which is unlikely, there are five players trying to get into two positions in the first team.
It could mean Ferguson sends Zaha and Bebe possibly back out on loan, which will simply be delaying the problem to a later point.
However, their quality and effectiveness is such that they could make it impossible for him to do that, especially in the case of Zaha who has already been included in England senior squads as a teenager.
Nani is expected to be sold if he doesn't sign a new deal, but the Red Devils have in turn been linked with wingers James Rodriguez and Erik Lamela.
There’s going to be discontent, and Sir Alex has recently spoken of the tough decision at leaving Nani and Young out of the Madrid squad at the Bernabeu.
Fortunately for United, they have the one manager in the game at the moment who can deal with this quickly and easily to make sure that are no damaging effects to any of the players or the club itself.
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