Ex-Arsenal star - Why can't Kagawa come in and play centrally?

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says Manchester United boss David Moyes needs to trust his players.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged Manchester United manager David Moyes to trust his players as the Premier League champions look to salvage their season and secure at least Champions League football.

United have not been anywhere close to their best this season, already losing six games with a higher than average number of defeats coming at Old Trafford.

There are problem positions in the team, with United lacking something in midfield in the form of a really creative central midfielder, who can get on the ball and unlock opposition defences regularly.

Plenty of United fans will point to the fact the club already owns this sort of player; Shinji Kagawa and Keown has urged Moyes to trust Kagawa to play that role over the second half of the season.

Why can’t Kagawa come in and play centrally with Rooney out? It’s about trusting your players and getting the best out of them,” said Keown in a live Q&A session for the Daily Mail.

Kagawa’s ability to be effective in a central attacking role is the main reason former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson invested so heavily in him to originally sign him from Borussia Dortmund.

His ability through the middle is also something that his former boss Jurgen Klopp said brought him to tears when he was forced to watch the Japanese player getting 20 minutes in a Premier League match down United’s left wing.

Kagawa is certainly good enough to play through the middle for United but there seems to be a perception that he’s lightweight and easily knocked off the ball, which seems to put his manager off from using him in a congested area of the pitch.

However, several other top Premier League sides have small players in central attacking positions behind a main striker; Oscar at Chelsea and Ozil at Arsenal to name just two.

Keown has a point but it’s doubtful Moyes will changes his line of thinking with the Japanese star.

image: © Marcel Sigg

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