If Manchester United turned down Hazard for Kagawa ... they made a big mistake

Jedvaj Hazard Strootman

It is reported today that United decided Eden Hazard was too lightweight for the Premier League.

It is being reported today that in the summer of 2012 Manchester United made a decision that is surely, in hindsight, a mistake.

The club were after an attacking playmaker to play behind the front-man and operate between the opposing midfield and defence.

It reportedly came down to just two names - Shinji Kagawa and Eden Hazard.

Kagawa had just played a vital role in the success of Borussia Dortmund while Hazard has just starred for Lille for the second season in a row.

In the end, rather than splash £37.1 million out on Hazard they went with the Japanese international for a fee in the region of £17 million.

It is reported in the Express that the club decided on Kagawa ahead of Hazard - as the Belgian was apparently too lightweight for the Premier League.

So what has happened since that reported decision was made.

Just this week Jose Mourinho has been singing the praises of Hazard - and highlighting his potential to become one of the best in the world:

"I keep saying he has to improve. He needs to have his feet on the ground. Ronaldo and Messi are Ronaldo and Messi. Eden Hazard is probably the best young player in the world with legs to go there, but give him time."

Hazard is in some of his best ever Chelsea form - and is helping his side up the table.

Kagawa on the other hand has never settled into English football.

It is painful to say, as I like many Manchester United fans was calling on David Moyes to give him more chances at the start of the season. But he got those chances, and he did not take them.

Since the two arrived Hazard has played over 4600 minutes of Premier League football. Kagawa, through injury and lack of form has played just under 2000.

United may have spent half the cash then they would have should they have gotten their hands on Hazard - but what they have got is half the player.

So as Chelsea soar, United slump - and if they really did go with Kagawa over the increasingly impressive Hazard they made a mistake.

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