Kagawa: I have to be stronger – but will it get him a run in the team?

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The Japan international has admitted that he needs to work on his physicality if he is to get a consistent run in the Manchester United side.

Many were tipping Shinji Kagawa to have an influential second season in England this term, but new Manchester United boss David Moyes has used the Japan international sparingly.

Although the former Borussia Dortmund star has had his share of injury concerns, he has only started seven Premier League games this season and it remains to be seen just how much of a role Kagawa will have under the Scot.

The Asian playmaker has identified an area in which he feels he needs to improve to help him adapt further to life in England.

“I think I can still improve my strength,” Kagawa said.

“I am not the tallest or biggest player so I have to move my body more.

“Smaller players in the Premier League are very good at using their bodies and that’s what I will continue to do.

“I realise that the Premier League is a very tough league and I have to be stronger.”

There is no doubt that players that come from abroad to England take time to get used to the more physical nature of the game in the Premier League, however is this the reason that Kagawa has not featured much this season?

Looking at the likes of Adnan Januzaj, strength does not seem to be a priority for Moyes in his attacking players and although becoming more physical may help Kagawa it is not the answer to see him getting more game time.

The ex-Dortmund man has a similar frame to Januzaj, but the 18-year-old is selected more regularly for what he does on the ball and his ability to create a spark for the Premier League champions.

Moyes’ tactics do not seem to suit the Japanese star, while better performances technically seem to be in demand if Kagawa is to play a more prominent role in the side.

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