Wilfried Zaha is set to join Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan spell, after a breakdown in negotiations with Crystal Palace.
According to The Sun, the youngster will move to bolster Harry Redknapp’s chances of keeping his side in the Premier League past this season, though Louis van Gaal isn’t keen to part with him on a permanent basis. It’s assumed that Zaha will move to Loftus Road, despite being open to a Palace return, and he is said to be of the opinion that he can impress whilst there.
For some it will a surprise, as the general consensus had been that he would be sold rather than loaned to a Premier League rival. Van Gaal has made it clear from the off that he will be getting rid of any deadwood not needed in his side and, with Zaha having struggled to make any sort of impact since his official move to Old Trafford last year, he was one of the candidates tipped for the chop.
Yet he will now be presented with a chance to show that he is worthy of turning out for United, with the forthcoming campaign of the utmost importance when it comes to his ambitions. A successful spell wherein he makes the headlines for the right reasons will put pressure on Van Gaal to give him a first-team break as of next season, though it could backfire should he go missing, as he often did at Cardiff City last term.
Despite that though Zaha should see this as a lifeline for his United career, and a way to catch Van Gaal’s attention through regular appearances in England’s top flight.
Other United flops
For the two-time Three Lions international can count himself lucky that he is in the Dutchman’s plans, as there’s plenty of his team-mates who aren’t in such a blessed position. Marouane Fellaini, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Nani, Anderson and Tom Cleverley all face uncertain futures, with reports claiming that Van Gaal has told them he is to cut them loose.
As of yet there isn’t any specific deals in place to take players away from Old Trafford, but it’s a certainty that individuals will depart before the end of the transfer window. Yesterday it was claimed that Hull City were plotting a surprising swoop for Welbeck’s services, whilst his strike partner Hernandez finds himself on the radar at several European clubs.
Meanwhile Nani and Cleverley has thus far struggled to attract suitors due to their high wages, whilst Anderson has actively resisted a move to Italian side Fiorentina as he is worried about the financial implications it could have.