Manchester United boss David Moyes has told Wilfried Zaha to be patient as he waits to make his first competitive game for the Premier League champions.
Zaha, who was loaned back out to former side Crystal Palace after signing for United in January, impressed during pre-season but has not made a first-team appearance since the Red Devils' Community Shield encounter against Wigan Athletic.
The 20-year-old has since been overlooked for United's first seven matches of the season.
Despite his recent exclusion, Moyes insists the £15million signing from Premier League new boys remains a key part of his long-term plans.
Moyes, speaking ahead of United's Premier League encounter against West Brom, said on the winger: "Wilf is one of the boys we have not been able to have a look at so far," he said.
"We always said we wanted him in. We needed him to see exactly what the level is like and the boy is doing well.
"But Premier League games are important. We have to win them.
"So whilst there will be some players who get the opportunities sooner rather than later, some will have to wait their time because it is a fact you can only play 11."
Zaha faces competition from established wingers Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Nani for a spot in United's starting line-up.
His lack of game time has led to the former Eagles star, who was called up to Roy Hodgson's senior squad back in August, being demoted back to Gareth Southgate's Under-21 side .