The Wilfried Zaha mystery has continued into 2014 as David Moyes has continued to persist with Antonio Valencia on the right wing and has left Zaha on the bench.
Zaha was about to come on against Swansea before Fabio’s red card which was a good sign but for a lot of fans, it isn’t enough.
You could understand Zaha’s exclusion if our wingers were keeping him on the bench because of good performances but the fact of the matter is that they are all playing terribly right now (with the exception of Adnan Januzaj), and it makes Zaha’s exclusion all the more baffling.
Despite his exclusion, Zaha has continued to remain upbeat and positive. In his latest Instagram post, he insisted he will always keep a smile on his face and good on him. Good on you Wilf. There are plenty of reasons for him to be frustrated, although he can’t be too upset given that he is a United player – that is an achievement in itself.
Either Zaha is doing something terrible in training or Moyes is too comfortable with Valencia at right midfield. If it is the latter, Moyes has to take the plunge and play Zaha.
Right now, United are playing so poor. We need something to change and maybe the young, exciting Zaha is somebody who can provide a much needed spark.
Moyes insisted he was ready to loan Zaha in January if he still wasn’t being played which is now the case. If Moyes is going to continue to not use him for whatever reason, don’t waste him on the bench – send him out on loan.
However, United need him to play. United need somebody to make a difference. Zaha really cannot do any worse than our current wingers so it is a no risk scenario to throw him into the deep end.