Kagawa would have spotted an opportunity when Sir Alex Ferguson retired, a chance that he may regularly be played in his more effective central position next season but all of that optimism could be pointless if the club signs Cesc Fabregas.
As creative and high quality midfielders go, Kagawa certainly has all of the attributes needed to control the United midfield next season and his former manager Jurgen Klopp described him as one of the best players he’s ever seen.
However, Fabregas’ presence in the side means he could be quickly pushed out and confined to the bench when David Moyes wants to play in a particular way.
If Wayne Rooney stays at the club, that seems to depend on him playing in all of the big games and being used exclusively as an attacking player, not a central midfielder.
Moyes is not going to drop Robin van Persie so that means Rooney will be seen as the player who drops off from a 4-4-2 to create a 4-5-1, playing at the very top of United’s midfield.
That means there is only going to be one central midfield position available, because Michael Carrick will always be selected, and Fabregas will be the man who plays in that position.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Kagawa, especially when it comes to the Champions League, when United go with one striker up front and pack the midfield with out and out midfield players.
In that case, Kagawa would more than likely be used as a player beside Fabregas looking for that way through a stubborn defence or a killer pass which could make all the difference in a tight game.
A Fabregas and Kagawa combination is definitely appealing but the pair of them may only get certain chances to play with each other in certain situations, in certain matches.
The other way into the team is of course a continuation of that left midfield position he played for a large chunk of last season.
That is of course never going to be his best position, but it’s a tribute to his character and professionalism that he played that role so well and seems like he would do so again if it helped out the team.
It would be much worse for Kagawa if United followed up signing Fabregas with a deal for Marouane Fellaini of Everton, as the papers are suggesting this morning.
In that case it would definitely look like that for some bizarre reason Moyes doesn’t rate Kagawa or sees him as nothing more than a squad player, which would be a huge shame.
There are negative effects but there are also some positive consequences.
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