Manchester United youngster, 20-year-old Zaha who signed for the Red Devils in January as Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever purchase, arrived at Old Trafford from his loan spell at Crystal Palace and has yet to feature in David Moyes’ first-team plans.
Meanwhile, former United prodigy, 20-year-old Ravel Morrison, who left Old Trafford last year after four years developing in their youth system, transferred to West Ham United in a deal that sees United earn a reported £25,000 every time he makes an appearance for the Hammers.
Morrison has featured in all but one of the Hammers games so far in all competitions, scoring four goals for Sam Allardyce’s side and earning a reputation for himself as one of England’s most exciting prospects for the future – something which Zaha has been heralded as due to his impressive form in the Championship previously with the Eagles.
However, Morrison is gaining a step ahead via his access to regular first team football in the Premier League, which, at present, Zaha is not at Manchester United.
The pair can be seen here quarrelling over a failed attacking phase of play and then clearly the spat erupts into a fisty-cuffs. In the background, this week Allardyce admitted his fears that United could opt to buy Morrison back, given his impressive performances and development at Upton Park.
"I don't know if there is a buy-back clause and what that figure might be if it even exists," Allardyce told the press.
"But my real big worry is that Manchester United will come back to buy him.”
I would imagine (perhaps wrongly) that Morrison would jump at the chance to return to Old Trafford if he was given assurances of first-team football, which, at present, considering the lack of opportunity for Zaha, looks unlikely.
Morrison operates as an attacking midfield which at present is an area United have some concerns in after failing in their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera this summer. I doubt Moyes would view Morrison as a first-choice purchase in that position given his inexperience and need for further development but his tussle with winger Zaha will certainly be a matter for consideration.
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