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Manchester United: Loan and departure watch

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Modified 27 Jan 2014, 10:42 IST
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Manchester United’s Wifried Zaha(21) and Fabio Da Silva(23) are all set for a move to the newly promoted Cardiff City, both Zaha and Fabio have had a gloomy season so far and with United current situation, there’s probably no chance Moyes can afford experimenting his squad with both of them.

Zaha who joined United in summer, impressed everyone with his skill and strength in the club’s pre-season tour, albeit he has unfortunately failed to break into Moyes’ first XI for the season so far. Most of the fans questioning how the 21 year old hasn’t been chosen over the likes of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, who have been horrendous on United’s wings, with silly rumors being circled about Zaha which were soon rubbished by the player personally but, still hasn’t made much of sense given his showcase of talent in the pre season.

For whatever the reason, a loan move for the remainder of the season could only do good for the player, given his potential Zaha indubitably has a lot to offer to United and could give him a possible break to his Premiere League career. With Moyes’ and his staff travelling all over Europe in the recent weeks, it gives a clear indication that United are intending a massive revival in the coming summer, putting most of the underperforming players on their toes in order to save their future at the club.

Whether it’s a fallout or pure ‘footballing reasons’, Zaha has himself to blame for not making into United’s top ranks when the competition for his position’s was at it’s very low. But with the summer World Cup coming closer,  Zaha needs to put his season’s negatives behind his back and intrepidly make the best of this loan opportunity, to earn his place back at United and also a ticket to Brazil with his national side.

On the other hand, Fabio Da Silva’s story is one tough cookie to accept, the 23 year old Brazillian when arrived at Manchester United in 2008 along with his brother Rafael, was tipped to be the better of the two. Fabio now being sold on a permanent deal to Cardiff, shares a similar ending to that of the Neville brothers for United with Phil Neville having to depart his brother Gary to the blue half of Merseyside.

Cardiff now being under the management of former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, could help both Zaha and Fabio develop their unfulfilled potential and return a much confident Zaha back in summer. Ole’s team sits at the bottom of the Premier League Table, the experience of playing in a squad who are fighting for a place in the league could help mature both the players.

Fabio’s departure also means Moyes’ is making space for some incoming left-back. With Alexander Buttner taking the deputy charge for ageing regular Partice Evra and a bid put on the table for Southampton’s Luke Shaw(18), It is believed that United have given Southampton time until Tuesday to react at Shaw’s bid, with Fabio Coentrao(25) card kept close to the chest just in case. This is indeed the most active January Transfer window in which United have been so active in a long time and the fans could witness some quick cheeky transfers in the coming days.

Manchester United’s miserable start to the season has clearly rung the alarm bells in the United camp and Moyes is making sure to reinforce his side, with a mountain to climb in order to reach the now priority Top four spot. United being knocked out of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, currently sit 7th in the Premiere League table with 37 points, just 6 points behind top four spot rivals Liverpool and Tottenham. The target looking well within the grasp, United’s January activity could do wonders if the arrivals click and everything goes according to the plan, helping the champions ease a little through their post-Sir Alex transition phase.

Published 27 Jan 2014, 10:42 IST
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