Solskjaer praises Manchester United loanee

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed with the attitude of Wilfried Zaha following the winger's January loan move from Manchester United.

FourFourTwo reports how the 21-year-old has made just five Premier League appearances since arriving in south Wales, two of which have been bit-part roles from the substitutes' bench.

However, Zaha's lack of playing time has no bearing on his ability, with the Bluebirds boss pointing to the relegation battle his side are embroiled in as part of the reason why the Red Devils starlet has been used so sparingly.

"The boy is ready to play 90 minutes," Solskjaer told Wales Online. "It is just my decision.

"Wilf came on for the last 20 minutes at Everton and I thought he did enough to win us the game, but we just never got the decision.

"He was fantastic when he came on. But it's about making sure we get the tactical set up for every game right."

Many were surprised by the lack of opportunities that Manchester United boss David Moyes afforded Zaha following his £10million move from Crystal Palace in the summer, with the England U21 international making just two substitute cameos in the first half of 2013/14.

After failing to make a significant impact at his new club, the wide-man decided to leave Old Trafford on a short-term basis, in a bid to gain some regular experience of playing in the Premier League.

And, although he might not have featured as regularly as he'd hoped at Cardiff, Zaha can at least take some satisfaction from the positive words that Solskjaer has reserved for him.

"The boy has been outstanding when it comes to his attitude," continued the Norwegian coach. "He works very hard in training and I have never doubted his abilities.

"He's a good lad who just wants to play football. He's never been a problem, he just works hard and wants to be part of the team. It's just that we are in a situation now here when you have to make decisions."

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