Does Jurgen Klopp have a point about Shinji Kagawa?

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp says it breaks his heart to see Shinji Kagawa under used and played out of position at Manchester United.

The 24-year-old signed for United last summer in a big money deal and he arrived at Old Trafford, with the potential to be one of the most exciting creative midfielders in the top flight of English football.

However, he was routinely used throughout the season down the left by Sir Alex Ferguson and unable to get the run of games needed in the side to cement his position in the starting line-up.

“Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United - on the left wing. My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes,” said Klopp.

He has a point because when Kagawa has played centrally for United, just in the pocket of space behind a main striker, he looks dangerous every single time he gets the ball.

He is able to play simple passes, long passes, creative passes and through balls making it look very easy in the process.

The reason he seems to have been used down the left by Ferguson is due to the inconsistency of the wingers at Manchester United over the course of the season.

Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have all had rough problems with mixtures of injury and poor performances common which has meant Ferguson needing to use a higher quality and disciplined player like Kagawa down the left of the pitch.

It’s just a result of something Ferguson has witnessed and a change which was the only way Kagawa was going to get into the team, as Ferguson has always favoured the 4-4-2 with the number ten dropping deep to create a five man midfield.

There has been a lot of talk over the last month about United needing to go out and buy a couple of central midfield players, which is not the case.

The only midfield addition David Moyes needs to make is to protect his back four over the 2013/2014 season. In terms of attacking midfielders he has Kagawa and there is no need to buy another creative player.

It’s a case of finding a way for him to fit into the side alongside Michael Carrick in the middle because the frustration is just going to keep growing from United fans if Kagawa is hung out on that left wing to dry.

The spine of the United side going into next season looks superb with Kaga having the potential needed to form a prolific relationship next to Carrick in the middle.

Fingers crossed for United fans that Moyes can find a system and a way to regularly play him in his correct position because he could easily get the highest number of assists next season and end up as the highest scoring midfielder.

Should Kagawa be moved into a more central role?

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