Manchester United manager David Moyes admits Wilfried Zaha could be sent out on loan in the January transfer window should his involvement continue to be restricted.
Zaha has featured just once this season since joining the Premier League champions permanently in the summer, having re-joined Crystal Palace on loan for the second half of the last campaign.
The England's international has Antonio Valencia and Nani ahead of him in the pecking order while Adnan Januzaj's emergence this season has further complicated his hopes of earning regular opportunities for United.
"I've said if I couldn't get him a game I would look at it in January," Moyes admitted.
"I really thought when he came in he needed to be here for six months to see how we work.
"There is competition in the wide areas with Nani, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj and even Shinji Kagawa - that makes it one of the areas where we are strong.
"It's not because Wilf has not done enough, it's because we have got big, big competition and there are a lot of players to give some playing time to.
"Unfortunately we've not been able to do that with Wilf. If I can't do a lot for him by January then I will look at it.
"We've not had the right opportunity to introduce him as much as we'd like but he's very much in my plans."
While Zaha has barely had an chance to impress at United, his hopes of playing at next year's World Cup appear to be dwindling after Andros Townsend marked his international debut with a goal against Montenegro.
Palace had a loan bid for Zaha turned down on deadline day but United are now being urged to part ways with Zaha, with Newcastle United a possible destination.
He needs to go to a footballing side which utilises wingers rather than a direct team," Dave Webb, the scout who discovered Zaha, said. "Newcastle play a good style of football and Alan Pardew is a very good manager who likes to play with pace and power and Wilf would benefit from that.
"He needs playing time and to get the confidence but I still think Manchester United was a very good move for him. I do think he is good enough. He has a lot to offer but still has a hell of a lot to do."