Ashley Young and Wilfried Zaha could well become the first casualties of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United tenure, as it’s claimed that Sam Allardyce intends to take them both on loan for next season at West Ham.
The Daily Mail this morning reports that Allardyce is keen to continue to strengthen his squad following the arrival of World Cup striker Enner Valencia, and is now looking into the possibility of recruiting two of United’s outcasts on temporary deals. Both Zaha and Young are tipped to struggle to force their way in Van Gaal’s plans this season, having failed to respectively have any sort of impact of the Red Devils’ fortunes last term.
The winger has toiled to little avail at Old Trafford in recent seasons, and there’s large portions of the United faithful who don’t deem him anywhere near the required standard for a potential league winning side. Under David Moyes Young’s stock plunged to an all-time low, and he only managed two goals in 20 Premier League outings with the Scot.
As such he finds himself firmly amongst the host of under performers expected to be flogged when Van Gaal undertakes a squad clear out, although the prospect of a loan move is one which hasn’t been speculated too frequently. No, the general consensus is that he will be sold unless the new United boss for some reason determines in the coming weeks that he has something to offer moving forward.
It’s a notion that Allardyce however isn’t backing, as he wants Young to bolster his attacking unit for the upcoming campaign, having seen his side struggle with their creativity at times last season.
It must be said that Zaha’s future differs from Young’s when it’s considered that he still remains a player of high potential. Despite the fact that the youngster was farmed out on loan with little success by Moyes last term, he remains a bright prospect for the future, and the idea of allowing him to leave temporarily may appeal to Van Gaal.
The 22-year-old would likely benefit from being given guaranteed game-time elsewhere in the Premier League, and the continuation of his development would definitely be in the best interests of his parent club.
Will Van Gaal consent to departures?
The 62-year-old has already made it clear that he will be waiting to see the first-team in action for a number of weeks before he decides upon the futures of those who could be on their way out, and both Zaha and Young will be vying to impress him during the initial period of uncertainty.
That being said their endeavours, or better put lack of, could count against them, and one would assume the Dutchman would be willing to at least listen to Allardyce’s proposal if and when it comes.