Are United a better bet than Arsenal for Zaha’s future?

Are United a better bet than Arsenal for Zaha’s future?

Wilfried Zaha
Zaha heading to Manchester United for £12m?

Manchester United are favourites to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in a planned £12 million deal.

However, United seem reluctant to agree any deal in January after Sir Alex Ferguson ruled out any transfers during the winter transfer window.

This means fellow suitors Arsenal, could hijack the deal for the 20-year-old and force through an agreement before the end of the season.

Zaha’s performances for Palace so far this season have attracted massive interest from Old Trafford with the youngster also winning his first England international cap last year.

Zaha is reported to prefer a move to Manchester United as Ferguson has a track record for taking young players, protecting them and encouraging their development into Premier League superstars.

Both sides could afford the transfer fee and the personal terms which would follow, meaning it’s a simple tug of war between United, who want to wait, and Arsenal who seem intent on creating a very youthful squad.

If a deal does not go through before the end of January then United could be in a stronger position to sign Zaha when the summer window opens later in 2013.

The prospect of guaranteed and proven success over a side that have not won a trophy for the last seven years would be very hard for any 20-year-old to turn down.

Crystal Palace’s manager Ian Holloway seems confined to losing one of his best players but he has insisted that if Zaha is sold this January, it will be on the basis that he is loaned back to the Championship club.

This is something United may be more willing to do considering the adequate cover Ferguson has in wide areas.

Ferguson has rarely broken with tradition in terms of winter transfers, which means United fans and Zaha himself just need to have patience in relation to this matter to ensure that no rash decisions are made which are later regretted.

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Lewis Doe is a freelance sports writer and editor who has been working in the industry for over three years. Lewis graduated from a degree in journalism at City University, London in the summer of 2009. Lewis has worked for some of the biggest football opinion and news sites in the world including FootballFanCast and International.


  1. Of course the guy would be far better at Utd.
    I don’t know where this myth of Wenger developing players came from.
    His players don’t even like him or respect him! Why else would they leave? Wenger is incompetent in the role of manager and when players develop in spite of him they can see that the club was headed downhill and that he won’t develop them further.
    Why do you think Henri left? Simple because he could see that Wenger was a fool and that the club was headed downhill.
    Henri could have finished an amazing career at Arsenal but make no mistake he left because he knew his manager was a fool.

    • Clearly another Man UTD fan who is to stubborn to acknowledge that anyone other than Man UTD are good. Arsene is possible the greatest manager ever for developing players. Creating a failing Henry into a superstar striker. Developing Cesc Fabregas’s amazing passing. Making RVP a world class finisher. Other notable names, Ashley Cole, Samir Nasri, Anelka, Robert Pires, Patrick Viera and many more. Please Bill do me a favour and actually follow football before you make stupid comments which make you look like you don’t watch any football and know nothing. And btw its Henry not ‘Henri’…

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