The Japanese playmaker again showed what he can do during his country's friendly against Guatemala.
After previously stating that Shinji Kagawa’s summer exploits were the reason for his early-season omissions from the Manchester United team, David Moyes then made the decision to pick Nani over the Japanese playmaker for their most recent game against Liverpool.
So for those United fans eager to see the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder in action, they would have been paying attention to Japan’s friendly against Guatemala on Friday.
Kagawa started the match – something he hasn’t done for United for quite some time – and set up the second goal in a 3-0 win.
It was his run and cross that allowed Masato Kudo to tap in. Collecting a through-ball and gliding into the box, Kagawa gave a glimpse of what United fans could see on a weekly basis if only Moyes put his faith in him.
The 24-year-old started the match behind Yuya Osako – a position he is desperate to play in for United. With Wayne Rooney injured, he may get that chance; but Moyes’ next challenge is to find a role for both the England striker and the Japanese playmaker.
If that is possible, he could be in possession of one of the most effective attacking trios in the Premier League. If it isn’t, expect Kagawa to be shunted back to the left-wing were his skills are only seen fleetingly.
Playing for 75 minutes on Friday, Kagawa showed there are no issues with his fitness. And in his assist he demonstrated he is as creative as ever.
Now it is up to Moyes to use him…or lose him.
Here is Kagawa's assist against Guatemala:
Can Rooney and Kagawa play effectively in the same team? Or is it a case of choosing one over the other?
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