Manchester United are planning to send Wilfried Zaha out on loan in the January transfer window.
David Moyes is keen to keep the former Crystal Palace winger at the club until then so that he learns from senior professionals such as Ryan Giggs.
Indeed Zaha, who cost an initial £10 million in a deal that could rise to £15 million, has been told to change next to Giggs at United’s training ground and during the club’s pre-season tour to learn from the 39-year-old veteran.
There are concerns at United that Zaha, despite his talent and potential, needs to mature quickly to reach the level that the club demands, although Moyes praised his performance in United’s friendly win in Australia on Saturday.
Moyes said: “Zaha started his first game and he was unlucky not to score, especially in the second half, and he showed moments that nearly got you out of your seat. That was a promising night for him.”
Palace would like to take the 20-year-old, who has already earned a full England cap, back on loan but it is likely that United will send him elsewhere.
Zaha agreed a 5½-year deal with United last January, remaining at Palace for the rest of the season and helping the club to secure promotion to the Premier League.
United might also consider selling defender Alex Buttner, or loaning him, should they acquire left-back Leighton Baines from Moyes’s former club Everton for £12 million.