39 touches, 28 passes and 0 shots on target: United star ineffective against Spurs

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Former Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa proved extremely ineffective for Manchester United in their 2-2 draw with out-of-form Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United endured another extremely frustrating result at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, in a match that had them always chasing the result.

Kyle Walker put Tottenham ahead with an power-driver of a free kick from just outside the area, proving just a touch to quick for the Spanish goalkeeper. 

A defensive mistake allowed Man of the Match winner Wayne Rooney to slam home his first of the game, pulling Manchester United back into contention. 

Early in a second half Sandro smashed home an absolute peach, turning de Gea into spectator, A driving run had the United midfielders at sixes and sevens, before cutting inside his man and unleashing an almighty bang into the top corner of the net.

The referee made what proved to be a huge call in giving Manchester United a penalty minutes after Sandro put Tottenham ahead. A slight touch from Hugo Lloris on the Manchester United attacker was enough for him to point to the spot and Rooney confidently slotted home from 12 yards.

The biggest disappointment besides the result was the lack of impact made by the Japanese play-maker Shinji Kagawa, who was in invigorating form mid-week.

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The midfielder was largely missing as United were strongly crying out for a spark to drive the game in their direction, an average of 0.46 touches every minute being the underlying factor in his disappointing no-show performance. His other statistics were equally as disappointing too:

39 touches

28 passes

1 shot / 0 on target.

0 key passes 

0 tackles

Manchester United fans have been outspoken in their respect and views on the Japanese midfielder, requesting he should play more in his preferred position in the centre.

Despite proving mid-week the type of player he could be for the club in that position, another disappointing lacklustre game in the Premier League leaves his chances of starting the next game back in doubt.

image: © Marcel Sigg

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