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Manchester United: Zaha & Januzaj must be unleashed

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A changing of the guard is needed urgently. (©GettyImages)
A changing of the guard is needed urgently. (©GettyImages).

The last few days have seen spirits raised a little at Old Trafford, as two consecutive wins can do, but the problems are far from over for Manchester United.

Old Trafford was roused by the late comeback against Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday and there was a jolly atmosphere for the 4-0 rout of Norwich City in the Capital One Cup fourth round clash on Tuesday.

However, Manchester United fans must not get too far ahead of themselves, as Norwich had the look of a side that saw the League Cup as something that would be nice if it happened - Premier League is clearly manager Chris Hughton's major priority.

While the match with Stoke ended happily, there will be concerns that Mark Hughes' side managed to score a third of their total goals in the league this season when they took a 2-1 lead just before half time.

Moyes has problems, but the answer to them is right under his nose in the form of Adnan Januzaj and Wilfried Zaha. The young Belgian has gradually been integrated into the first team so far this season and he is approaching the point where the Manchester United manager will have trouble leaving him out of the starting XI.

The 18-year-old's emergence has been the most promising factor of this season so far and he appears to have injected some much-needed creative zest into a side that was looking shot of ideas.

Sir Alex Ferguson's successor is not the only one to recognise the terrific quality of Januzaj, but he has so far been unmoved by the talents of Zaha, which could well be to his detriment.

Zaha was impressive in the win over Norwich, but the backdrop to this was his manager admitting he was deliberating as to whether he should send him out on loan in January or not.

While he has not been as impressive as people had hoped so far since he arrived at Old Trafford after his £15million transfer from Crystal Palace in January, Manchester United could really do with his unpredictability at the moment.

The 20-year-old has the confidence to take players on and try something different in attacking positions, something that Manchester United's more established wingers seem to have lost.

Nani and Ashley Young have failed to deliver a performance close to their potential for some time and you can be forgiven for wondering if they ever will again in a Manchester United shirt. Meanwhile, Antonio Valencia hasn't hit the heights of two seasons ago, but he is still a reliable option and will always have some effect on a match.

Moyes appears to have been given the remit to build an empire as Ferguson's first successor and he will have been thinking of the future when considering Januzaj and Zaha, but he heeds to think about them in the present day.

Deploying the pair of them on either wing may compromise some of the defensive solidity the former Everton boss always craves, but his current set up is not ding that anyway and he may as well take a gamble in attack.

Zaha and Januzaj on either side of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie would pose serious problems for opposition defences and would make the Red Devils highly unpredictable going going forward.

Manchester United and David Moyes forget about one day exploiting the considerable talents of Zaha and Januzaj - the future is now.

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