Louis Van Gaal has insisted that Wilfried Zaha has a future at Manchester United, despite the manager having yet to make use of the striker in their pre-season matches.
Zaha has had a torrid time at United so far, having spent six months on loan at Cardiff as he attempts to break into the first team.
The arrival of a new manager has left his future looking particularly uncertain but while he is yet to feature for United's pre-season set up, Van Gaal says he is simply giving the other players a chance as he experiments with the line-up.
"I have a lot of strikers and I have already said we have no balance in there," Van Gaal said, according to the Telegraph. "Maybe the next time I can use Zaha, but he is working good and doing all that I demand."
Zaha arrived at Old Trafford for a fee of around £12m after spending six months on loan at former club Crystal Palace. The England international chose the club over interest from Arsenal but with Sir Alex Ferguson retiring not long after the deal was done, he has struggled to fit into the line-up since.
Whether Van Gaal will give the 21 year old a chance next season remains to be seen but the manager insisted that with the entire squad still trying to get back to full fitness there will need to be a lot of changes over who will play and who will not in the club's pre-season games.
"There is no Manchester United player who is fit," he said. "The boys who trained before the World Cup players started on July 7, maybe they are more fit, but they are not match fit.
"The World Cup players have only had four days training, so you cannot say they are fit."