Winger Zaha's future remains unresolved amid rumours of a fall-out
It is almost exactly a year since Zaha agreed a deal to swap Crystal Palace for Old Trafford. When he did so, the then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said confidently: “We like to sign young players with potential. We always feel we can develop players well here.”
Zaha was loaned straight back to Palace to help Ian Holloway’s side win promotion to the Premier League, but it was always assumed that once he took on the United shirt, he would settle seamlessly into the side and quickly blossom under new gaffer David Moyes.
That has not happened. Zaha has made just five appearances this season amid rumours of a fall-out with Moyes. With tension bubbling below the surface for much of the season, things seem to have come to a head before Sunday’s clash against Chelsea.
The Guardian report that Moyes will allow Zaha to leave on loan – potentially to Cardiff City – as soon as Ashley Young returns from injury. That suggests that Moyes simply does not feel that Zaha – who cost United £15 million – is ready for Premier League football.
The fact that Moyes is ready to opt for the frustratingly inconsistent Young, over a player who was only last year hailed as one of England’s brightest talents, tells its own story.
The Daily Mail go quite a lot further, claiming that Zaha will hand in a transfer request if he is not allowed out on loan. They report that relations between Zaha and United are at “an all-time low” after a proposed loan move to Cardiff fell through.
So bad are relations, says the report, that the England Under-21 winger received “four-letter outbursts” from Moyes during training sessions, and the pair are “barely on speaking terms.”
Moyes denied this, stating: “I had 30 seconds chat on the training pitch and we were talking away, so there was nothing like that.”
The crux of the matter appears to be that Zaha finds himself at a dead-end at United, just months before the World Cup, and barely a year after making his England debut.
Professionally or personally, Moyes does not have the faith in the young winger, and a loan move seems inevitable. Zaha must be wondering quite where it all went wrong.
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