Shinji Kagawa is a popular man with Manchester United fans, but not seemingly with his manager David Moyes who has not started the playmaker in any of the opening three matches.
That's despite United failing to score in two of them and crying out for a creative influence.
It was claimed in the manager's defence that Kagawa was unfit after a summer of Confederations Cup football and being rushed back for United's pre-season tour.
That hasn't stopped him starting for Japan in an international friendly win over Ghana and looking in stunning form, embarassingly for the United manager.
And now he has voiced his own frustration publicly, telling the AFP news agency:
"Please ask David Moyes why I'm not in the side.
"It is frustrating not playing but to score a goal like that gives me confidence. Hopefully I can take that back to my club with me and things will improve.
"It's hard not playing regularly. Some days the frustration is worse than others; it comes in waves.
"So it's nice to come back to Japan and get to play, and to score felt good.
"I just have to keep working hard and keep pushing for my chance. When I get back it will be a challenge to get into the team.
"When I get back to my club I have to wait for my chance in the Champions League and the Premier League. I'm sure my chance will come."
What do you think of Kagawa's comments? Will it hurt his situation or should his honesty be commended?
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