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Manchester United should have loaned out Wilfried Zaha

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Wilfried Zaha joined Manchester United from Crystal Palace in January before returning to Selhurst Park to help them with their quest in sealing a place in the Premier League.

The winger said shortly after agreeing to move to Old Trafford that he would focus on helping the south London to win promotion before moving up north.

Zaha stayed true to his word by assisting Ian Holloway's side to win promotion to the top flight of English football.

It was Zaha who won the penalty in the Championship play-off final at Wembley against Watford and it was Zaha who got the Eagles to that stage by scoring a brace in the semi-final against arch-rivals Brighton.

Zaha went onto impress for Manchester United in their pre-season tour of Asia, Australia and Scandinavia - and even scored a late goal against Japanese side Cerezo Osaka to claim a 2-2 draw.

The £15million signing was handed a start in the Community Shield against Wigan on the back of his fine form but failed to really impress on the Wembley stage.

Zaha made a Wembley appearance three days later when England played Scotland in a meaningless friendly. The winger only featured for the last 15 minutes but looked lively on the right side of The Three Lions' attack.

The 20-year-old must have felt on top of the world after such a week, but Zaha has since found himself out of David Moyes' 18-man squad for the last two games.

Zaha has also been demoted to the England Under-21s - which will have irked the winger despite his tender age.

A majority of Manchester United fans have questioned Moyes' decision to omit Zaha from his squads against Chelsea and Liverpool - but the former Everton boss has to keep established stars such as Antonio Valencia, Nani and Shinji Kagawa happy.

That is why I feel Zaha should have been loaned out to another Premier League side - until January at least - to get valuable minutes under his belt.

Zaha - like many attacking stars - is a player who heavily relies on confidence, so it may take him a while to regain the kind of form that earned him a move to Old Trafford in the first place if he is not playing on a regular basis.

He is not the kind of player who should be rotting in United's development squad.

Maybe he is not yet ready to be chosen over experienced international stars like the aforementioned Nani and Valencia, but he does deserve to be given the opportunity to prove himself on the big stage.

I highly doubt Zaha is going to be given the exposure he needs at United this season - so he may have to bide his time before sealing a loan move back to a side like Palace in January.

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