Zaha wants Man Utd loan exit

Wilfried Zaha is keen to leave Manchester United on loan, the Daily Telegraph has reported, having struggled to make an impact at the Premier League champions since his move from Crystal Palace.

Sir Alex Ferguson paid £12m for Zaha in January and then loaned him back to the then-Championship club for the rest of the season. Zaha helped the Eagles to promotion and then joined United but has yet to make a league appearance under Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes.

The newspaper claims there are five top flight sides looking at taking Zaha on loan for the second half of the season, but Palace are not among the clubs Zaha is interested in joining. Instead, the likes of Newcastle, West Ham and Fulham are lining up approaches, while interest from Championship Bolton Wanderers – managed by Zaha’s former Palace boss Dougie Freedman – will be rebuffed.

Zaha has two England caps to his name, his first won while still playing in the Championship, and did start for United in the Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic, but was withdrawn shortly after the hour mark. It was his last first team appearance for his club to date, but he is in the England Under-21 squad to play Lithuania.

Moyes has called on Zaha to knuckle down in training and earn his place in the first team, while Adnan Januzaj has also pushed Zaha further down the United pecking order. Zaha, 20, made almost 150 appearances for Palace, scoring 18 goals, making his debut as a 17-year-old.

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