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3 reasons why Wilfried Zaha should not return to Manchester United

Scott Newman
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Modified 22 May 2019, 12:51 IST
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#2 United are a side in a flux

United need a rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and it
United need a rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and it'd be a risk for Zaha to get involved

After an extremely poor 2018/19 – probably the worst season at Manchester United since the disastrous reign of David Moyes in 2013/14 – that saw the Red Devils finish 6th in the Premier League table, it’s pretty clear that right now, United are a club in flux and in dire need of a rebuild.

Whether that rebuild involves replacing most of the squad; cutting ageing stars like Ashley Young and Nemanja Matic and selling under-performing superstars like Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, or a far more drastic move to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with someone more experienced is a question mark right now, but however it goes, it’s hard to deny that a move to Old Trafford for any player right now would be a risk.

For a player like Zaha, who is looking to prove that he’s more than a big fish in a small pond and belongs in the conversation with the best attacking players in the world, it’d probably be a risk too far.

Sure, there’s the chance that Zaha – and a handful of other players – could revitalise United and transform them back into the superpower they once were, but there’s also the chance that things could go horribly wrong, leaving him remembered as another big-money flop.

A move to a club who are more settled right now – think Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham or Arsenal, who have also been linked with the Ivorian – might make more sense than the risk that is a move to United right now. After all, why join a project that could easily crash and burn?

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