Sir Alex Ferguson‘s acquisition of the former Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha last year was seen as a masterstroke from the shrewd Scot as another talented youngster was poised to make his name at Old Trafford. But it has been anything but a dream move for the under-21 star as new manager David Moyes continues to overlook him while failing to keep the club winning regularly. Zaha’s contribution to United so far has been negligible, and he has managed only a solitary shot on target in the few minutes he did appear for the club.
Zaha has started a single game this season — a Capital One Cup encounter against Norwich City — and has made two substitute appearances in the Premier League as his team struggles in transition after Ferguson’s retirement. Moyes’ refusal to give a chance to Zaha in the midst of injuries to star players Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney could mean that he does not trust the player enough to make an impact — a sad aspect considering the player’s influence on his former club in leading them to the top-flight last season.
United has already dropped a considerable number of points in the League this season and have been recently ousted out of the FA Cup by a spirited Swansea City team. Moyes’ assessment of the situation could not have been more wrong as he plans to look for fresh faces to bring into the squad in the transfer window instead of utilizing the in-house resources properly.
A talent like Zaha does not deserve to be asked to warm the bench or left off the squad entirely when opportunities present themselves for possible first-team action. 2013-14 was meant to be a breakout season for the young talent, but Moyes has now ruined any prospect of that happening. Palace might have been better served if they had retained Zaha or sold him to a club like Everton or Arsenal. It would not be surprising if the player forces a move out of the club if he continues to be ignored, and that day cannot come any soon enough for him.