Kagawa and Rooney battle for number 10 role at Manchester United

The Japanese midfielder has admitted that he want more game time and his preferred role is the one currently occupied by Wayne Rooney, is there room for both?

When opportunities are hard to come by and getting into the starting 11 seems like a difficult task, then a player must make sacrifices, last night we saw one such example in Shinji Kagawa.

The Manchester United midfielder has found a starting berth out of his reach this season, and fans of the club seem to be bemused as to why manager David Moyes is so reluctant to give the Japan international the game time he clearly needs.

During last night's Champions League clash, the 0-0 draw with Spain's Real Sociadad, Kagawa was asked to play on both the wing and behind the striker in an almost Rooney like, number 10 role.

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder started the game on the left wing but moved inside for the second half, a position in which he looked far more dangerous as United pressed for a winner, he later admitted to reporters that he found the role behind Robin Van Persie more favourable and hoped that his performance puts him in line to play Arsenal in Sunday's Premier League clash.

The only real concern for Moyes is whether he can play both Kagawa and Rooney behind the striker, there is an augment that whilst it is a frightening prospect, the shape of the team could be sacrificed and as we all know space is one thing that you can to give Arsenal.

In a post-match interview, Kagawa said: "I had an easier time playing as a shadow top [No.10] than I did on the left wing.

"I need to be more involved in the match and I hope I can do so in our upcoming fixtures. I want to play better, sharper and faster."

Despite the disappointing scoreline, Kagawa, at times, looked like a breath of fresh air, moving the ball well and surging at the Sociadad defenders, indeed the Premier League champions will feel that it is a case of two points dropped rather than one won as they had so many chances to win the game, notably, Robin van Persie's missed penalty and Javier Hernandez's blazing shot from 5 yards out.

The draw leaves the Red Devils atop of Group A, just a point clear of Bayer Leverkusen, who they have play again in the group stage.

Kagawa added: "I think it was a game we could have won.

"If you look at the other groups, too, the number of points you earn in games like these can decide whether or not you advance. If we could convert our chances, we could have won."

United fans, do you think Shinji Kagawa should be given a chance against Arsenal at the weekend?

image: © Marcel Sigg

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