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Wilfried Zaha should wait for his chance at United

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Zaha has only appeared once for United. (©GettyImages)
Zaha has only appeared once for United. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United are a club that can boast a prestigious history of youth development.

From the Busy Babes to Fergie's Fledgelings and all the starry eyed youngsters in between, United's history of uncovering gems can be traced down the ages without having to dig too far beneath the surface.

As with all clubs there has been occasions when certain players have failed to climb the drastic heights expected of them, but for the most part the youth players at Old Trafford who are pin pointed as having the promise achieve greatness, normally deliver it in overwhelming quantities.

This is why it's surprising to me to hear people speculating about whether or not Wilfried Zaha will stick around for the long haul if David Moyes persists on omitting him from his weekly squads.

The 20-year-old was a major factor in Crystal Palace's promotion to the Premier League last season, but the step up from Play-off winners to Premier League winners is one that can only be made successfully when treated with gradual transition.

The kid has the same flashy talent associated with all modern wide-men, but he needs to be patient and work on his all-round game if he is to cement a first-team spot in the near future.

Right now a loan move seems like a pretty rosy prospect, since Nani, Valencia, Januzaj and even the under-performing Ashley Young are apparently Moyes' favoured selections. Time and again the benefits of such loan moves have massively outweighed the ageing stigma attached to them.

For Zaha to move into contention for a regular role at United he needs more than just the hype that surrounded his arrival; he needs to prove he belongs there.

It was similar case with a young David Beckham, who admitted himself that he thought he was being farmed out to Preston for good when he was sent on loan. Rather than languishing in the lower leagues however the Englishman returned to stake his claim on the right-side of Manchester United's midfield for the long-haul, something Zaha may hope to emulate over the coming months.

Whether Moyes is right or wrong for not playing him, Zaha needs to show his character now more than ever. As aforementioned, it's a rare occurrence that the development structure in place at Old Trafford takes in a gifted youngster and doesn't see him come out a far better player on the other side.

For Zaha to jump ship before ever really testing his own patience would be a step in the wrong direction for his career, and one that would likely lay waste to any chances he harbours of becoming a world-beater one day.

In my opinion Zaha should see his continuous oversight as a challenge that he must overcome in order to excel. Moyes may not be Sir Alex Ferguson, and may not share his views on player selection, but Zaha will eventually get his chance.

Whether he's loaned out or simply deemed unsuitable even to don a substitutes jacket, Zaha has to stay at United.

With the exceptions of Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison, who seem to have benefitted from their respective decision to seek pastures new in search of game time, players very rarely leave United and improve.

For Zaha, as frustrating as it may seem, the foreseeable future either puts him sitting in the dugout on a good day, not making the dugout on a bad day or plying his trade somewhere not too dissimilar to St. James' Park.

Like it or lump it, it's where he needs to be right now.

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