Moyes acknowledges Kagawa must play - how he will accommodate him?


Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa starred in the club's 5-0 smashing of Bayer Leverkusen.

The manner in which Manchester United trio Ryan Giggs, Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney were passing last night, in their 5-0 mauling of Bayer Leverkusen in match-day five of the Champions League, drew admiration from many quarters: from the football industry to social media, and was underlined by their accuracy, with Giggs in particular returning a pass completion rate of 92%.

'The link-up play was super tonight, I think Wayne Rooney got four assists,' said Moyes, as quoted by the club's official website.

Thus far, Kagawa has been a bit-part player for United, featuring in just 258 minutes of competitive football in the Premier League despite possessing some of the key attributes that are missing from United's line-up - visionary playmaking with intuitive link-up.

However, manager David Moyes has hinted that fans may now see Kagawa on a regular basis as the fixture list becomes congested and Robin van Persie continues to recover from a short-term groin injury.

'It’s a long season and we’re going to have to have different combinations for different games but, tonight, Wayne and Shinji Kagawa were very good.'

In the absence of van Persie, Rooney will lead the line while Kagawa will play the trequartista role. The Japanese international's inclusion in the senior XI, though, is not dependent on the fitness of van Persie as, Moyes added, he could shift Shinji to the left.

'Sometimes Wayne might need to play up front and Shinji will play behind. We have to make sure we have alternatives if Wayne or Robin [van Persie] are injured. Shinji was excellent tonight but he's also good on the left.'

image: © Schwenke

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