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Wilfried Zaha frustrated at lack of United playing time

Zaha will play for the U21's tonight. (©GettyImages)
Zaha will play for the U21's tonight. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United starlet Wilfried Zaha is becoming increasingly frustrated with his lack of first team opportunities, according to England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate.

The 20-year-old arrived at Old Trafford this summer having played a large part in Crystal Palace's return to the Premier League, but has since struggled greatly for game time, only featuring once.

Despite costing former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson around £15million, Zaha made his sole appearance of this campaign in the Community Shield against Wigan, and has rarely even made the bench under David Moyes.

Such lack of action has raised questions about the possibility of him being loaned out in January to ensure the continuation of his thus far impressive development.

England U21 boss Southgate has acknowledged that Zaha may be having troubles settling at the Premier League champions, due to the fact that he's largely been kept in the cold.

"Wilf has joined a new club with all the difficulties that brings," said Southgate.

"Have I noticed a lack of confidence in him? No. There is probably some frustration because he just wants to play."

However the ex-Middlesborough manager is sure that things will come good for the starlet eventually at United.

"But he is at a fantastic club and he realises that to get in the team is going to take a lot of work and patience"

Zaha looks set to start in the England U21 European Championship qualifying fixture against Lithuania tonight.

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