Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Wilfried Zaha Would Be Unnecessary Luxury

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the npower Championship match between Crystal Palace and Derby County at Selhurst Park on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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How many attacking players do Manchester United really need?

That's the question I found myself asking when I read that the Red Devils had interest in Crystal Palace's young star, Wilfried Zaha, and may once again break out the old checkbook to ensure they land the 20-year-old.

From Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail:

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to launch a bid to sign Crystal Palace sensation Wilfried Zaha with an offer that will blow away any other interested clubs.

Ferguson decided to enter the race to England's newest star when he received the recommendation from his son Darren, after Zaha ripped his Peterborough side apart a few weeks ago.

And now United are set to offer 'what it takes' to see off Tottenham and Arsenal in the January window which includes handing the 20-year-old better terms to come to Old Trafford.

Zaha has been a hot name this year, with a number of teams rumored to be salivating over his talents and hoping to add him in January. Of course, that may mean very little when the transfer window opens, as we've seen in the past.

And truthfully, beyond adding some youth to the squad, I don't really see where Zaha would fit on the Red Devils at the moment. The only way his addition would make sense is if Manchester United ended up selling Nani in January and free up some playing time out wide.

Otherwise, United has a logjam at the attacking positions. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney should start nine of every 10 games. Javier Hernandez has been on sparkling form and deserves to a place on the first team. Danny Welbeck isn't exactly chopped liver. Same for Shinji Kagawa, once he returns to health.

And along with Nani on the wings, there's still Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young to consider. Where exactly on this team does Zaha fit other than in the stands or on the bench?

Again, if Nani departs or Man United are simply looking to add future talent and Zaha is aware that his playing time will be limited, then power to them. You can't blame Sir Alex Ferguson for keeping his eye on the future.

But for a team in the midst of a Premier League and Champions League push—and with a realistic chance to win each—you would think more pressing concerns in defense and the midfield would take precedence.

We shall see. These rumors might be nothing but hot air after all. But if they aren't, the pursuit of Zaha would be an interesting choice indeed for the Red Devils.


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