04/08/2013 09:18, Report by Editorial team
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Young Reds stake a claim

United’s pre-season preparations were mostly about match sharpness, yet impressing David Moyes was also on the agenda too. Three young Reds really took their chance. We profile them here (click the player's name for an exclusive wallpaper)...

Wilfried Zaha
Age: 20
Position: Winger
Tour appearances: 3 starts, 2 substitute appearances
Tour goals: 1 v Cerezo Osaka

What’s the story? Signed from Crystal Palace in January, he was loaned back to the Eagles and was central to their Premier League promotion. Now a fully-fledged Red, he’s eager to impress new boss David Moyes.

What made him stand out? Raw pace and an eager willingness to take defenders on. He’s a typically fearless kid, and while he is still learning the ropes and will have spells of form he'll be exciting to watch this season.

What now? It’s intriguing to see how he performs when United’s full squad is back together and he mixes with the big guns. It’s likely to be a season of learning, but a potentially enthralling one.

Say what? “Wilfried is a fantastic talent. He’s raw with great individual skills and the early indications are that he’s a hard worker. He has a hunger to get inside and drive into the opponents’ box. That’s a good thing to have.” – Rio Ferdinand

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