Manchester United outcast should avoid January swoop

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During his formative years at Crystal Palace, Wilfried Zaha developed into undeniably one of the Championship's most formidable talents.

Such excellent form and exciting potential led to Premier League giants Manchester United lavishing a hefty fee of £15 million to secure Zaha's signature back in January. 

Sir Alex Ferguson evidently did not intend to utilise his new protegee straight away, however, and Zaha was promptly sent back to Selhurst Park for the remainder of the season as Ian Holloway's Eagles recovered from a damaging mid-season wobble to win promotion back to the top-flight following a last-gasp playoff victory over Watford at Wembley.

Despite his obvious promise, however, Zaha's career would appear to have ground to a shuddering halt at Old Trafford.

Although he started during the comfortable 2-0 Community Shield victory over Wigan Athletic in August, Zaha has gone on to feature on one other occasion under David Moyes - in a Capital One Cup tie against Norwich City.

Such a dramatic fall from grace is surely enough to provide a significant dent to anyone's confidence and it has been rumoured in recent weeks that Zaha could be set to depart Manchester United on loan when the transfer window re-opens in January. 

While several rival Premier League clubs have been linked with a potential move for Zaha, strugglers Fulham appear to have emerged as frontrunners this week, with the West London outfit reportedly hoping to fully utilise the expertise and connections of former Manchester United coach - and new Fulham head coach - Rene Meulensteen.

In my opinion, such a move would be bizarre and just does not make sense whatsoever for any party involved.

Fulham have endured a putrid start to the new campaign under Martin Jol. While expectations were high that Dimitar Berbatov and co could prosper at Craven Cottage, Fulham have been nothing short of woeful at times and sit perilously in the bottom three.

The problem would seem to stem from an embarrassment of luxury players who simply cannot co-exit successfully in the same starting XI. 

While the likes of Berbatov, Bryan Ruiz and Adel Taarabt are outstandingly-gifted attackers in their own right, Fulham have no balance whatsoever to the side with a team utterly devoid of the necessary balance.

Zaha is a confidence player who thrives on receiving plenty of possession and the chance to relentlessly attacking his full-back at will.

With the likes of Berbatov and Ruiz in the side, Zaha simply would not be afforded such copious amounts of possession and his form would inevitably suffer as a result.

For Manchester United, the deal makes little sense until they are able to secure adequate alternatives down the flanks.

While Zaha has obviously not featured whatsoever in the top-flight during the early stages of the 2013/14 campaign, the men in currently in front of him - including the likes of the perennially inconsistent Ashley Young and Nani - do not appear to be faring particularly well.

I do believe that seeking a temporary switch away from Manchester United this winter could be to Zaha's great benefit in the long-term if he really does not feature in Moyes' plans for the rest of the campaign.

However, this should only come to fruition at the right club.

Given their current perilous state and utter lack of squad balance, Fulham is absolutely not an appropriate destination for him to flourish.

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