Halloween nightmares don’t get much more vivid than the one experienced by Wilfried Zaha since completing his £15m move to Manchester United, though Cardiff could be about to release the former Crystal Palace player from his bad dream.
Despite being deemed good enough to come on for England in their prestige friendly against Scotland just days before the onset of this Premier League season, Man United manager David Moyes has clearly been unimpressed by Zaha.
The young winger has been ostracised by Moyes and even though the champions have struggled at times in the league, it’s a real marker that the Scot has yet to give the former Palace trickster a single minute in the Premier League thus far.
In fact, his recent Capital One Cup start in the fourth round was Zaha’s only other appearance since being taken off during the Red Devils’ Community Shield triumph.
Considering the winger had been on the cusp of the England team at the start of the season, this represents a disastrous few months for Zaha, who will still be harbouring hopes of a place on the plane to Brazil in 2014.
An olive branch may be at hand however, as Cardiff have reportedly made an approach to United about taking Zaha on loan in January.
With only four points on the board so far for the Welsh club, this could be exactly the sort of injection of creativity the 11/5 shots for relegation could do with.
Cardiff’s latest 0-0 stalemate against fellow strugglers Norwich, demonstrated perfectly the Bluebirds’ needs to flesh out their squad with some quality attacking additions or risk staying off the pace.
This move would make total sense for Zaha too, who is clearly behind Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Nani and Shinji Kagawa in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
At Cardiff, Mackay would be sure to afford him top-flight minutes, especially after witnessing the player’s considerable talents from opposition dug-outs in the Championship.
It’s a win/win situation for all involved.
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