Should Manchester United drop Van Persie for Kagawa up front?

Kagawa United

David Moyes has some decisions to make after watching Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney tear Bayer Leverkusen apart last night.

Last night saw Manchester United produce without doubt the most complete performance of the David Moyes era - as they thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 in Germany.

There were many reasons for the victory.

The partnership of Rio Ferdinand and Johnny Evans, which was so successful last season, again looked solid. The wingers, Antonio Valencia and Nani, actually turned up and demonstrated their innate ability throughout the game. Meanwhile Ryan Giggs, who when paired with the less energetic Michael Carrick is often found wanting physically, was allowed to dictate play ahead of the marauding presence of Phil Jones in midfield.

But the biggest difference was in attack - as Shinji Kagawa finally got the chance to play in his favoured position.

Previously United have tried to accommodate the former Borussia Dortmund man on the left-hand side - a plan that has clearly failed.

Yesterday they played him where he is most effective - behind the striker, picking up the ball from midfield and running at players, as well as producing the scything passes that accentuate his attacking prowess.

Not only did it mean Kagawa was in his best position - but also Wayne Rooney. For all his brilliance off the striker the England international is a centre forward - and with somebody like Kagawa playing off of him he looks every bit as dangerous as ever.

So the real question now is - what to do about Robin Van Persie?

The Dutchman is a goalscorer - of that there is no doubt. Last season he was unstoppable and this term he has also scored some crucial goals. But he has also been struggling with persistent injury problems, which Moyes is now deciding to allow some time to heal.

Whether it is the injuries or not we cannot be sure, but RVP’s overall game has not been good enough this season. When you compare his more stationary approach to the striker mould to the fluid, defence-drawing and creative style that Kagawa and Rooney operated last night you can see that RVP is going to have a problem getting back in this team.

Playing all three would just be a scenario of chefs and broth - Moyes needs to choose who is big game starting strike-force is.

And after last night RVP might be disappointed.

image: © Marcel Sigg

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch