Japanese international, Shinji Kagawa, made the move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2012. As a Dortmund player, Kagawa won the Bundesliga twice and the German Cup once in two years after transferring from Cruzero Osaka in 2010. The attacking midfielder recorded twenty-seven goals and twelve assists in sixty-eight appearances with the German club.
Now, a third of the way into his second year with the Red Devils, Kagawa has totaled six goals and five assists in thirty-five appearances for the English side; he has scored and assisted zero times so far this season. This year’s Manchester United team is coming off a huge coaching change, but look at a loss for answers after their poor start to the season.
The Red Devil’s midfield play has been woefully inconsistent as manager David Moyes tries to find his favorite group. Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney have all but nailed down their starting spots, while youngster Adnan Januzaj looked to be this year’s revelation at the start of the season.
There seems to be no room for Shinji, even when he is needed the most. Manchester United currently sit in sixth place and have created less chances than every team in front of them, while goal difference is the only thing keeping them above Tottenham and Newcastle United.
If Moyes is to salvage his first season with the club he needs to look for Shinji Kagawa to start along side Rooney and Valencia in this attacking midfield. Maybe, with some playing time and fitness under his belt, Kagawa can become the player he was with Dortmund years ago.