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Wilfried Zaha should be sold by Manchester United

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Wilfried Zaha will always hold a place in Manchester United folklore, given that he was the final player brought to Old Trafford during the immensely successful and frankly incredible reign of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

Signed by the outgoing Scot from Crystal Palace in a deal worth an initial £10 million back in January 2013, Zaha was immediately loaned back to the Eagles and only enhanced his burgeoning reputation further by helping Ian Holloway's men to achieve promotion to the Premier League via the lottery of the play-offs.

Such stellar form at Selhurst Park led to much excitement as to the impact Zaha could have at Manchester United upon his permanent arrival at the club.

Sadly, however, the 21-year-old has severely struggled to impose any sort of authority during his short time in the North West, with the most recent transfer speculation suggesting that Manchester United were prepared to offload Zaha for a measly £7 million in light of strong interest from Newcastle.

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Zaha needs to be sold

While Zaha - who has managed to accumulate two senior international appearances for England during his short senior career to date - may still harbour lofty ambitions of succeeding with his current employers under an entirely new coaching regime, I believe Louis van Gaal would be right to sanction his swift sale.

To presume that he has already reached the end of his development would, of course, be very foolish, but at this stage it just does not appear as if Zaha is quite good enough to match the club's ambitions which will surely skyrocket now that the hapless David Moyes has been dispatched.

Zaha made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League last season, with Manchester United surprisingly cut well adrift of the top four.

The club's continued struggles during such a difficult period, you would have thought, could well have led to increased opportunities for the likes of Zaha to prove themselves worthy of a starting berth, yet such chances just did not materialise under Moyes.

Perhaps most disappointingly of all, after being permitted to leave Manchester United on loan once again, he abjectly failed to impress and left Cardiff supporters - during their solitary eventful season in the top-flight - distinctly unimpressed with his rather lacklustre performances that did nothing to contribute to their unsuccessful fight against relegation back to the second-tier.

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Where could he succeed?

Despite this, it is obvious that Zaha does possess the ability to succeed at Premier League level.

However, for this to happen, it would seem that the Ivory Coast-born winger needs to settle with a steady, mid-table club with whom the pressure to perform is not quite as intense.

Ignoring the drama often caused by Mike Ashley's unpopular ownership and Alan Pardew's somewhat embarrassing touchline theatrics, Newcastle could well be an ideal destination for Zaha.

Although the club have been significantly weakened in recent months by a notable and troubling reluctance to replace outgoing stars such as the likes of Yohan Cabaye, they will surely not be in any real danger of relegation next season and neither will they be expected to compete for major honours.

A return to Crystal Palace - where he is still held in notably high regard by the majority of the club's vocal supporters - could be another satisfying alternative, although it remains to be seen if he is the sort of player that would interest Tony Pulis.

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