Manchester United have a tactic to stop one of their best youngsters moving to Arsenal or Totteham.
Goal.com has revealed that Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for winger Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha has endured a frustrating first season as a Manchester United player, which saw him fail to get into David Moyes’ first team on a regular basis, subsequently loaned out to Cardiff City, relegated to the Championship.
Goal’s report suggests that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur could be interested in signing Zaha but United have a tactic to ensure that doesn’t happen, which would mean a potential Championship move for the player.
“United officials are aware that the unsettled youngster would prefer a move back south and have already fielded calls about his situation, with Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle and former club Palace all interested,” reads Goal’s report.
“There is a feeling within United that Wigan would represent the ideal loan option for Zaha if they gain promotion to the top flight through the Championship play-offs this season under Uwe Rosler.”
Zaha is still a very young man at 21-years-old and someone who needs to be playing first team football on a regular basis in order to continue his development.
While the appeal of a move to Arsenal or Spurs is obvious, United are likely to stress to the youngster should he push for that transfer, he’s more likely to get what he wants with Wigan.
Wigan could be a Premier League side next season and are still in the semi-final play-off after a 0-0 draw against Queens Park Rangers in the first game.
Wigan are a club that have a good, positive connection with Manchester United because they have allowed Nick Powell to develop significantly as an attacking player this season.
There’s no guarantee that he’d get into the first team regularly with Arsenal or Spurs who are both strong in wide positions.
Arsenal have found a new place for Lukas Podolski in their squad, with Arsene Wenger converting him from a striker into a winger, where he’s been successful down the left hand side this season.
While Tim Sherwood at Spurs has used various central midfielders over on the left hand side of his team, Andros Townsend will surely want to make that position his own next season.
A lot depends on who is appointed as the next permanent manager of Manchester United but it makes sense for the Old Trafford side to stress the benefits of a Wigan move over a transfer to a side where Zaha can hurt United in next season’s title race.