David Moyes has told the club’s official site that Wilfried Zaha is in his thoughts, but not necessarily in his plans at Manchester United.
I just don’t think we have had the right opportunity to get him on as much as would have liked. We don’t want to put him in too quickly. We want to make it the right time.
I’ve said I would look at (a loan) in January as I wanted to have him here for six months to see how we work. I told him we would try to get him minutes but the competition in the wide areas we have with Nani, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj and even Shinji Kagawa playing off the side means we are as strong there as anywhere.
‘It’s not that Wilf has done anything wrong, it’s just that we have big competition and we have to try to make sure he gets some playing time. Unfortunately, we haven’t done that with Wilf and, if it’s still the case in January, we would look at it. But he is very much in my plans and in my thoughts all the time.
Manchester United’s purchase of Zaha refreshingly flies in the face of modern football’s approach. The club have clearly had the wit to spot a huge potential in the player, despite having no spot for him in their starting XI.
Interestingly enough, the scout that discovered Zaha at the tender age of 13, when he was playing Sunday football in South London believes that a loan spell would do the player no end of good. Dave Webb, the scout in question has suggested Newcastle United would be his preferred choice for Wilfried:
Wilfried would benefit from playing more competitive football and a loan move would help with his development. He’s not getting any football, Wilf is a good character but he just likes to play, so a loan move to another Premier League club would suit him. Newcastle play a good style of football and Alan Pardew is a very good manager who likes to play with pace and power and Wilf would benefit from that.”
Manchester United might struggle see what benefit if any Zaha might derive from playing for a club that look as if they are in for long, unrewarding and quite possibly quite miserable season.
Manchester United paid £10m plus an further £5m in fees for the 2012 Young Player Of The Year, so the slowly slowly approach has to be the correct one.