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Pardew coy on Zaha speculation

Manchester United manager David Moyes was pleased to reach the semi-finals of the English League Cup following a 2-0 win away to Stoke City on Wednesday that was briefly halted due to a hailstorm.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has refused to be drawn on reports linking Wilfried Zaha with a January loan move.

Wilfried Zaha impressed for Man Utd on his debut against Singha All Stars.
Wilfried Zaha is struggling to make an impact at Man United.

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Zaha, 21, joined Manchester United from Crystal Palace for 15 million pounds in the summer but is yet to start a Premier League game.

United boss David Moyes has hinted that he would be open to sanctioning a loan deal, leading Tony Pulis to confirm his interest in bringing the England international back to Selhurst Park.

Newcastle are also believed to be interested in Zaha, and while Pardew has confirmed he is aware of the winger’s situation at United.

"Zaha is a player I know very well from his time at Palace," he said.

"He made the big move to Man United and his career has maybe stalled a little bit.

"That’s something players have to go through, but I know he’s doing well in the background and maybe he will get an opportunity there."

Meanwhile, Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been told he will not be allowed to leave the club on loan.

After recovering from injury, Taylor, 27, has been unable to force his way back into a Newcastle side which has lost just once in seven games.

But Pardew has told the player he must fight for his place in the team, saying: "He lost his place through injury, which was unfortunate, but now he is fit.

"He wants to play but Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa wants to play, Hatem Ben Arfa wants to play, Papiss Cisse wants to play.

"Am I going to loan them all because they want a game? Of course not.

"They have to fight for their place -- and that’s where Steven is. I had a very sensible conversation with him. He knows where I stand with it all. I’ve said to him we have a lot of games coming up.

"Sometimes as a manager, when you have three games in a month, it is difficult to look a player in the eye and tell them there is a lot of hope.

"But I can say to him genuinely 'Let’s see how we get on this week because we have three games.'"

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