Why sending Zaha on loan is the right move for Manchester United

Manchester United should seriously consider loaning Wilfried Zaha back to Crystal Palace next season.

There is no doubt that he’s an extremely talented player who is more than likely going to be a legend at Manchester United but the stakes seem too high at the moment for David Moyes to take any risks.

The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson means United are probably going to head into next season as the third favourites to win the Premier League behind Manchester City and Chelsea.

That means Moyes has to go back to basics using experienced Premier League players and players he knows he can trust to perform on the biggest stage and under the highest amounts of pressure.

Zaha had a superb season for Palace in the last campaign and he was superb in their promotion through the play-offs. However, there were weaknesses Moyes will need to consider from his performance in the final against Watford.

On countless occasions Zaha used good skill to beat a man or find some space before delivering a poor final ball which either rattled into a defender or just ballooned out of play, impossible for the forward to get on the end of.

You expect that inconsistency because he’s a younger player and he’s still learning about the game. If Moyes doesn’t feel as though he has a pressing need for a wide player, he should send him back to Palace to continue that learning curve.

He’s guaranteed games under Ian Holloway because of the reputation and impact he already has with the London based club.

That also represents the chance to play under slightly less pressure than if he was wearing a Manchester United shirt.

If he produces the same sort of poor final ball in an important match at Old Trafford, it won’t be too long until the fans start getting on his back because they have come to expect the very best from United midfielders.

That puts pressure on Moyes who will be forced to take Zaha off, which is only going to make a very talented young man frustrated because his ego and his effect will be damaged and called into question.

A season long loan spell offers both United and Zaha the security for the player to enhance his Premier League experience in a safer environment.

United can always include a call back clause in the deal, which means they can get him back up North if they pick up injuries or if Zaha starts to have a ridiculous impact and is scoring in every single game.

They don’t have to take any risks with him and while he seems keen to play in the Premier League, Moyes should give him the best chance of getting a full season under his belt and that’s something which Palace can provide.

Would it be a mistake for United to send him out on loan?

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