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Manchester United winger could benefit from Juventus loan move

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Despite proving to be an absolute menace to opposition full-backs in English football's second-tier, life in the Premier League is evidently proving to be an infinitely trickier task for Wilfried Zaha. 

After moving to Manchester United from Crystal Palace in January, the Ivory Coast born winger was immediately loaned back to Ian Holloway's men as the Eagles eventually secured promotion to the top-flight courtesy of a last-gasp playoff final win over Watford at Wembley.

Presumably impressed by Zaha's exploits, new United boss David Moyes opted to retain the services of the England international when he assumed his current position following the departure of iconic compatriot Sir Alex Ferguson during the summer.

Yet despite choosing to start the tricky wideman for August's comfortable 2-0 Community Shield triumph over Wigan Athletic, Moyes' faith in Zaha's abilities at this stage of his fledgling career appear to have dramatically disintegrated as the 20-year-old has not played a single minute of competitive first-team football since that aforementioned encounter.

Zaha's total lack of action of late has seen him widely tipped to embark upon another short-term switch away from Old Trafford when the transfer window re-opens once again in January.

Yet while his name has been linked with a plethora of fellow Premier League sides including the likes of Fulham, Stoke and even former employers Palace, there is one other club reportedly in the running for Zaha's signature who I believe he should seriously consider joining: Italian giants Juventus.

Firstly, if Moyes and United honestly do not foresee any chance of Zaha being given a reasonable chance to impress in the coming months, then a loan spell is most certainly the best option for all parties. If they are not going to use him on a consistent basis, then the Red Devils hierarchy will be desperate to ensure that he does not stagnate.

Although it may seem somewhat unlikely, reports surfaced earlier this week suggesting that Antonio Conte's reigning Serie A champions are considering a shock loan swoop for Zaha in the new year. 

Presuming such seemingly speculative rumour is indeed based on truth, then he should jump at the chance to move to Turin as such a move could prove hugely beneficial for the player and his club. 

Ideally, with his long-term development in mind, United do not need Zaha to return to a lowly outfit and again become accustomed to being a big fish in a rather small and limited pond. 

If he were to move to the intimidating Juventus Stadium, Zaha would continue to gain precious experience of life and the inner workings of a legitimate European powerhouse without the temptation to become a little complacent.

Zaha's January decision will probably boil down to whoever is able to offer him consistent first-team football. However, if Conte and Juve are able to provide realistic assurances in this regard, then he should join the Old Lady and reap the benefits of such a rewarding experience.

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