Time for Young and Valencia out, £15m man in at Manchester United?

Surely now is the perfect time for Wilfried Zaha to get the nod?

David Moyes has had a difficult time taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford this summer - as expected, following in his footsteps was always going to be a tough task for whoever was handed the chalice.

But for all the difficulties Moyes faces, he is bringing it on himself slightly with his stinted tactical nous and poor team selection.

At the moment Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are way off their best form. The England international in particular has received criticism for his atrocious displays, while Valencia may have made an impact against Bayer Leverkusen; he went on to be, arguably, United’s worst player against Manchester City in that one-sided derby.

The pair are in poor form and things need shaking up. While Shinji Kagawa should be considered as an option, Moyes clearly has his reservations … as he does in regards to £15 million new boy Wilfried Zaha.

Signed by Fergie in January he spent the rest of the campaign helping Crystal Palace to promotion.

He was expected to play a big role in the team this campaign, even starting in the Community Shield against Wigan Athletic.

But since then he has barely got a kick, and has seen Adnan Januzaj overtake him in the pecking order.

There are of course some unsubstantiated rumours about Zaha and a certain somebody, but those have been rubbished on Twitter. But there does seem to be reservation on Moyes part to give the talented winger a chance to prove himself in the first-team.

Look, Zaha is a rough diamond, we know that. Sometimes his delivery is woeful and he does more tricks than in a Dynamo performance. But he is also raring to go, which at the moment none of Young, Valencia or even Nani appear to be.

Zaha is far from the proven article but in the domestic form United currently are, giving him a run out surely can’t hurt.

But I struggle to believe Moyes will do that, instead sticking with the players who are simply not playing at the level his predecessor would have demanded of them.

Zaha just might.

image: © Tom Brogan

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