Winger returns to Manchester United training – Last chance to impress?

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Wilfried Zaha has returned to Manchester United ahead of the new season following a loan spell at Cardiff City.

Wilfried Zaha has returned to Manchester United following his loan spell with relegated Cardiff City last season.

On Monday, the 21-year-old posted a photo of himself back in training at Carrington on Twitter, as he is set for a make-or-break season with the Red Devils.

Zaha was brought to Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson in January 2013, but was sent straight back on loan to Crystal Palace to help them gain promotion to the Premier League.

Following the Eagles' successful return to the top flight, Zaha arrived at United under new manager David Moyes, but the youngster failed to make an impression on the Scot.

January saw him shipped out to the struggling Cardiff City, where Zaha was mostly used as an impact substitute in an attempt to steer the Bluebirds clear of relegation. But his presence in the Welsh capital was not enough to save them, with the club returning to the Championship.

David Moyes’s dismissal as United boss in April has surely given Zaha a renewed opportunity to make an impression with the club. It remains to be seen whether new boss Louis van Gaal will give him the opportunity to thrive at Old Trafford, but could opt to test him out as he meets up with his squad later this week.

Zaha has already won two caps for England during his short yet very promising career, and could get the chance to prove that at 22, he is a stronger future option than the likes of Nani and Ashley Young, who have both found games hard to come by at United of late.

The impression Zaha makes on the incoming Van Gaal probably represents his last chance with the club and maybe even his final opportunity to make it on the big stage. Bottom-half Premier League teams such as his former club Palace have shown plenty of interest in his service.

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