Because of Manchester United's current Premier League standing - ninth position and 13 points behind pace-setting Arsenal after 15 matchdays - the club are in the midst of a 'crisis', according to Die Welt, who talk up the possibility of Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund capitalising on the situation and purchasing 'for sale' Shinji Kagawa.
A report published today stated: 'Manchester United [are] in crisis; the club only occupies ninth place in the league and David Moyes is criticised and will [need to make] changes in winter. Apparently Shinji Kagawa is for sale.'
Die Welt focus on the omission of Kagawa from United's line-up against Newcastle United - a game they lost 1-0 - as 'curious' considering the reason, that he had to have his stomach pumped. Without Kagawa, Die Welt write, United lost to create: 'a new low point in the crisis of the champions.'
Despite the visual evidence and statistical prowess of Kagawa, a player who has shown intuitive play with senior members of David Moyes' roster and one who has a 86% pass completion rate from 400 minutes of domestic action, who creates clear chances and revels in the hole, the Japan international remains out of favour.
Valued at £17.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, Kagawa has oft been linked with a return to Germany, with Sky Sports mooting Wolfsburg as a destination six weeks ago while The Times, the Daily Star and Metro all cite Dortmund as the likelier destination.
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