Moyes gives Kagawa hope and Rooney speaks of ‘new lease of life’ at Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney’s performance for Manchester United yesterday evening told the world he is back to his sparkling best. Not only did his solo run and shot lead to the only goal of the game, but his all-round play revealed a man integral to this United team.

With Robin van Persie out injured, the Dutchman’s absence was swiftly forgotten. And in tandem with Shinji Kagawa , the Premier League champions showed what Sir Alex Ferguson had in mind prior to bringing the former Arsenal man to the club.

In short, they were both fluid and fantastic.

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Speaking after the match, Rooney said, “I’m happy under the new manager. The new coach that has come in (has given me) a new lease of life. I’m really enjoying working under David Moyes.”

Watching him last night, it is clear how much that is the case. And Moyes also hinted that Kagawa would finally get the chances fans have been crying out for.

The Japanese playmaker was excellent last night, both from the wing and when he was switched to his more natural number 10 position for the final 15 minutes of the match.

In quotes published by, Moyes said of Kagawa, “I thought he was really good. His effort when we didn’t have the ball was fantastic.

Everybody tells me (about) his abilities and what he’s got and tonight was the first time I’d really seen Shinji.”

United fans will be hoping there is now no looking back for both the player and the manager, with Kagawa finally given the chance to show what he can do on a regular basis. After all, imagine what he can do when he has played his way into form…

See also: 'Fergie was lining up one of the world's best for United over the summer'

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