Moyes admits star may leave Manchester United on loan

The Old Trafford boss has admitted that he is considering sending out-of-favour winger Wilfried Zaha on a temporary deal elsewhere for the rest of the season.

Opportunities in the Manchester United first team have been few and far between for Wilfried Zaha since his move to Old Trafford in the summer.

The England under-21 star has not yet featured in the Premier League for the champions, and is fifth in the pecking order for a berth on one of the wings.

With the star left to play in the reserves, David Moyes has conceded that Zaha could well be sent out on loan once the January transfer window opens.

"I've said if I couldn't get him a game I would look at it in January,” Moyes told The Sun.

"I really thought when he came in he needed to be here for six months to see how we work.

"There is competition in the wide areas with Nani, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj and even Shinji Kagawa - that makes it one of the areas where we are strong.

"It's not because Wilf has not done enough, it's because we have got big, big competition and there are a lot of players to give some playing time to.

"Unfortunately we've not been able to do that with Wilf. If I can't do a lot for him by January then I will look at it.

"We've not had the right opportunity to introduce him as much as we'd like but he's very much in my plans."

It will have been a frustrating couple of months for Zaha, especially given the fact that Januzaj has been able to command an instant place in the United team.

With Young, Valencia and Nani’s form all questionable, there is certainly a case to suggest that the former Crystal Palace man is worthy of a chance to impress.

The 20-year-old started for United in the Community Shield against Wigan, and showed some intelligent touches and bursts of speed. In the Premier League he has been an unused substitute on occasion but has not made it onto the pitch as yet.

However, at the moment, Zaha needs to be playing regular first-team football in the Premier League to aid his development.

Should Moyes allow the wideman to leave Old Trafford on loan in January there will be no shortage of top-flight suitors, and a strong start to 2014 could well see Zaha in the manager’s plans at the beginning of next season.

image: © James Boyes

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