David Moyes said Wilfried Zaha’s demoralising start to life at Manchester United is part of the learning process.
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The England international winger, who was a 15 million pound signing from Crystal Palace, is still yet to make his Premier League debut and often does not even make the bench.
His only game for United came in August’s Community Shield win over Wigan and it is looking increasingly likely the 20-year-old will leave Old Trafford on loan in the January transfer window, although a return to Palace seems unlikely.
But manager Moyes, who has selected seven other players ahead of Zaha on the flanks, said he is benefiting from training with the United players.
Moyes said: "Wilf has not appeared. We have not felt we have had the opportunity.
"I want Wilf to get used to what happens here. The competition is hard. It is just impossible to get all these players a game at the one time. You can only ever play 11.
"It is important Wilf gets to see the level of the training here, the level of the players and the quality they have got. He is getting better which we are pleased about."
So far this season, Danny Welbeck, Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Nani, Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj have been preferred to Zaha on the wings.