The Manchester United manager claimed he was left with the choice between Nani and Kagawa last weekend. Could he not have had both?
It must have been one of the more intriguing signings of last summer as one of the key players in the exciting Borussia Dortmund swapped the then German champions for Old Trafford.
He was highly rated at Dortmund, so much so that Jurgen Klopp cried in Kagawa’s arms as he left for Manchester United.
Klopp also mentioned that it ‘broke his heart’ to see that Kagawa was only playing a bit-part role for United on the left wing. It seems as if he will be lucky to get that this season under David Moyes.
Moyes said after Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield that his choice on the bench was between Nani and Kagawa, and he opted for Nani. Yet, you do get seven substitutes and it’s bizarre that both Nani and Valencia are on the bench when Ashley Young starts, but that could be another article entirely.
As Klopp has pointed out, Kagawa is a central midfielder compared to playing on the wing for United, but he offers something different to United’s armoury.
A small player, with low centre of gravity very hard to knock off the ball who is both creative and can score goals. He demonstrated this kind of performance last season when Manchester United dismantled Norwich City at Old Trafford, where he picked up the match ball.
Even with the signing of Marouanne Fellaini, there should be a way to accommodate Kagawa. Fellaini can play anywhere in the middle of the park, depending on the nature of the game. Surely there is a case for Tom Cleverley making way for United to have their midfield with the most steal, control and creativity at the same time?
To compare Kagawa with Nani means one of two things, either Kagawa is going to be played out of position under David Moyes, or he doesn’t seem to think he fits into his style of play. But there have been times when Van Persie looked a little isolated against Chelsea and Liverpool, and Kagawa would’ve been just the kind of player to feed off any scraps and be a threat, allowing the centre-forward some time and space making them more effective.
With Wayne Rooney out for perhaps the next couple of games due to a head injury, wouldn’t now be the right to accommodate Kagawa in a more central role?
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