Things might have gone very much quiet on the arrival front at Old Trafford after the signing of Juan Mata, but the exit door has been incredibly busy on transfer deadline day so far, with many youngsters been given the opportunity to gain crucial first team experience on loan at other clubs.
Wilfried Zaha has finally completed his loan move to Cardiff for the remainder of the season and one can only hope the youngster will grab his chance to prove his worth between now and May.
“I said right at the start of the season that if I could get Wilf the games, I’d keep him, but if I couldn’t then I’d get him some games on loan,” said David Moyes about the former Crystal Palace man.
“There were a few clubs who wanted him on loan but in the end we felt Cardiff was the right choice for him. Hopefully he will go and get those games, show what he can do in the Premier League and be ready to come back to us at the end of the season.
“He has real potential. He did terrifically well at Crystal Palace and that’s why the club purchased him. The boy needs to keep his development going. If he can get those games at Cardiff then we can have a look at him in the Premier League and see exactly where he is,” continued the United manager.
“I couldn’t give him that at the start of the season and in the period I’ve been here so we’ll look at him now and see what he can do.”
Fabio, meanwhile, has also joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team but his switch to the Welsh capital is a permanent one and he departs Old Trafford after a six-year spell.
The Brazilian left-back joined United in 2008 and went on to play 56 times for United in all competitions, scoring three goals, the last of which came in the Capital One Cup earlier this season and will be forever remembered as a surprise inclusion in the 2011 Champions League final against Barcelona.
By many thought to be even more talented than his twin brother Rafael, Fabio was expected to pick up Patrice Evra’s baton at left-back, but has had limited opportunities and a move away from United could guarantee him the regular football he’s been craving for.
Meanwhile, Charni Ekangamene and Sam Byrne have been loaned to Carlisle United for the remainder of the season, while U21 captain Tom Thorpe and Tyler Blackett have joined Birmingham on loan and will remain at St. Andrew’s until the end of the season.