Webb urges Zaha to leave Man United

Man United forward Wilfried Zaha has been urged to leave the Premier League champions, according to BBC Sport.

The 20-year-old is yet to make his Premier League debut since moving to Old Trafford for £15m in January, though the second half of last season was spent loaned back to former employers Crystal Palace. The only competitive football in which he has featured in a United shirt was the Community Shield win over Wigan in August.

The man who believes that Zaha could leave on loan is Dave Webb, who discovered Zaha seven years ago while playing football in south London.

Webb, working as a scout for Palace at the time, quickly spotted the youngster’s potential, and while he believes the United move was a good one for Zaha he also feels that more benefit could be gained by earning experience elsewhere until United are ready to unleash their man on the pitch.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Webb said: “He would benefit from playing more competitive football and a loan move would help with his development.”

Webb was quick to state his belief that Zaha will not let the lack of recent playing time affect him negatively, but thinks that gaining first team experience in the meantime will be the most beneficial solution both for the player and, in the long run, for the Premier League champions themselves.

“He is realistic and knows he is at a big club and has to compete and fight for his place. It’s a lot different club to Crystal Palace. He has a good work ethic and will continue working hard in training.

“He’s not getting any football, Wilf is a good character but he just likes to play, so a loan move to another Premier League club would suit him. He needs to go to a footballing side which utilises wingers rather than a direct team.”

When asked about recent reports linking the twice-capped player with a move to Newcastle, Webb voiced his support for the possibility, saying: “Newcastle play a good style of football and Alan Pardew is a very good manager who likes to play with pace and power and Wilf would benefit from that.

“He needs playing time and to get the confidence but I still think Manchester United was a very good move for him. I do think he is good enough. He has a lot to offer but still has a hell of a lot to do.”

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