Shinji Kagawa's omission from Manchester United's side this season has not exactly flown under the radar.
The Japanese international has been left out of the first team by David Moyes, sparking a viral #freeshinji campaign started up by Borussia Dortmund fans and adopted by disgruntled Reds.
In the club's opening Champions League game of 2013/14 against Bayer Leverkusen, Kagawa was recalled to the side.
He was selected on the left wing, a position which is clearly not his best position. Sure it was good to see Kagawa back in the first team but recalling him for such an important game without match practice and out of position was never going to yield the best results.
Kagawa played 71 minutes before being substituted for Ashley Young. We've taken a look at how his performance came across statistically and from an anecdotal perspective from fans via Twitter.
Kagawa completed 88 per cent of his passes, 42 in total - more passes than either Wayne Rooney (34) or Antonio Valencia (39) made during the match, of which both completed the full 90 minutes.
He had one shot on goal which went narrowly wide towards the end of the first half, while he also made one key pass leading to a goalscoring opportunity.
However worryingly he was dispossessed more times than any other player, four times, and his poor control leading to loss of possession on a further seven occasions. A sure sign of a lack of match practice.
In his work for the United cause, Kagawa made one tackle and two interceptions, also making two clearances.
So how did this translate from a viewing perspective, did United fans like what they saw?
Speaking of kagawa thought at times he did really.well. just gets knocked off the ball2 easily & so.much better when he comes infield #mufc— Stephen Moore (@sexybobbyblake) September 17, 2013
Probably rust, but Kagawa was mostly ineffective today. Another game that passed him by. Shouldn't start him Sunday.. #MUFC— Ansser (@manutdfan_usa) September 17, 2013
We were all crying for Kagawa to play and all he did was get thrown on the floor all over the pitch #MUFC— TripleA (@ThatTrueTalk) September 17, 2013
Kagawa is far frm been match fit he needs a couple of games he lost too many balls #MUFC— United Rebel (@kevpaqoh) September 17, 2013
I'm happy with Kagawa getting minutes tonight. I hope Moyes took him off because he's going to start him against City on Sunday. #MUFC— Hannah (@Little_AIG) September 17, 2013
Kagawa not bad 2nite, but not great. Not doing nearly enough to justify the hype. Lots of nice touches but lacks intensity & product #mufc— Iain (@MrIainAG) September 17, 2013
Let us know your view? Should he start against City?
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