Manchester United should build their attack around Shinji Kagawa in the run in

Many of Manchester United's stars have started to look jaded in recent weeks, but Alex Ferguson has still generally used Kagawa wide rather than behind the striker and he should alter this approach in the next couple of months.

With a twelve point lead in the Premier League and only ten games to play, Manchester United can feel fairly confident that they are not going to throw away the title.

However having looked a possible contenders for a treble at one stage, the last week has seen them exit the Champions League somewhat unfortunately, before being lucky to hang on to earn a replay in the FA Cup.

There has also been a storm of off the pitch controversy surrounding Wayne Rooney, and on the pitch Robin van Persie's form has continued to disappoint. Antonio Valencia has also been poor, with other attacking options like Nani and Ashely Young not entirely convincing either.

As a result Manchester United's much lauded attack is in danger of running out of steam, and Ferguson should look to address this by playing Kagawa just behind the striker in the role he was so successful in at Dortmund.

The Japanese player has had a tricky first season at Old Trafford, with injuries, rotation and being played wider than he is used to all having an impact on his form. Wayne Rooney has generally played just behind Van Persie, leaving no room for Kagawa in that position.

However in recent weeks Rooney and Van Persie have both failed to impress, and Kagawa should now be given a run of games behind either one of them.

If the rumours of Wayne Rooney's summer departure are true, this will likely end up Kagawa's long term position at the club anyway, and United should test out his partnership with Robin van Persie now.

This option would also allow Rooney to rotate with Van Persie, with the Dutchman looking out of sorts in recent games, but the main benefit would be giving Kagawa a real chance to demonstrate the talent he showed at Dortmund, and finish a hard first season on a high note.

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