When Shinji Kagawa joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund for £12 million in 2012, many people thought it could become the big break that was needed for any player to take his game to the next level. Quickly many United fans found out this was not the case. Kagawa had many decent performances but could not adapt to the physical side of the Premier League. The Japaneses star shone brightly in the Dortmund midfield but struggled to reproduce that form for United on many occasions.
The playmaker was hampered with injuries through out his career at United and it seemed that David Moyes never really had faith in the player. I think that United really wasted Kagawa’s talent having him on the bench. He was never really given a good run in the team to prove his worth. It is no doubt that he is a great player and given the chance could produce for the team. Now that United has come under new leadership, it seems that Louis Van Gaal is also not interested in what the midfielder has to offer to the team and has given the green light on his transfer back to Dortmund.
The player not only doesn’t interest the new manager but doesn’t fit into the system that Van Gaal wants United to play. The 3-5-2 system does not allow for a central playmaker, at least the one that Van Gaal plays. A move back to Dortmund will be for the best of both parties — Kagawa will continue to improve as a player and United will decrease their wage bill which they have heavily added to in the summer.