Wilfried Zaha’s chances of getting a loan away from Manchester United this January are not being helped by suggestions that the young winger is struggling to adapt to the mental challenges of life at a big club.
Zaha has only appeared twice for United since Sir Alex Ferguson paid £15m to bring him from Crystal Palace last January and is so out of the picture in terms of David Moyes’ Barclays Premier League squad that he spent Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Cardiff sitting among journalists in the press box.

The 21-year-old has been linked with loan moves away from United in January and Moyes would be happy to let him go in order to get some game time and some much needed experience.

But Sportsmail understands that the England international’s case for a move is not being helped by suggestions from within United’s training ground that he simply has not yet developed the mental toughness for life at the very top level.

At least one Premier League manager who was considering a loan move for Zaha has been put off by feedback suggesting that the winger’s day-to-day contribution at United is not what it needs to be. It now remains to be seen if Zaha can up his levels between now and the start of the January transfer window.