Wilfried Zaha is reportedly on his way to Old Trafford (h/t David Kent, Daily Mail), but Crystal Palace may be unwilling to sell him unless Manchester United loans the young star to them for the remainder of the season.
While United would obviously like to have Zaha as soon as possible, this latest development is far from crushing news. Zaha is one of the most talented young players in the world, but given their recent play, the Red Devils don't need a boost this season.
Man United has dominated the EPL this season, jumping out to an 18-1-3 record. They currently have a seven-point lead over second-place Manchester City, and with a 3-2 victory over their crosstown rivals earlier this season, they are once again the best club in their own city.
The addition of Robin Van Persie has had fantastic results, as the world-class striker leads the league with 17 goals in 19 appearances. He has also added six assists, and only four players average more shots per game than the Dutchman (h/t whoscored.com).
United has also been getting plenty of offense from their other contributors. Wayne Rooney isn't finding the net as often as usual, but with United scoring 13 more goals than the next highest-scoring team, it hasn't really mattered.
So while it would be nice to have Zaha on the roster, the phenom isn't a necessary addition to the squad at this moment. Man United should just do what it takes to secure Zaha's contract, even if it means he won't be wearing the Red Devils kit this season.
After all, this is a move for the future, not the present.