Jurgen Klopp has been tipped to replace David Moyes at the end of the season.
The suggestion that Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp could replace David Moyes is not unfamiliar to many United fans and as reports along those lines surface all over again, it would certainly benefit one player.
Shinji Kagawa has had a terrible time since he moved to United, struggling to get into the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson and making just nine appearances in the Premier League under Moyes this season.
When the Premier League champions have been calling out for a creative player in the middle of the tea, Kagawa has consistently found himself out on the left hand side much to the annoyance of the manager being tipped to replace Moyes.
“Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United on the left wing - Really, I have tears in my eyes. Central midfield is Shinji’s best role. He's an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw,” said Klopp last May.
Therefore, it’s only natural to assume that should Klopp do as the reports suggest and replace Moyes, he’d be able to breathe new life into a midfielder who, at the moment, probably wouldn’t think twice about leaving United.
This isn’t new for United and plenty of fans have questioned why Kagawa hasn’t played more games at central midfield, his best position. The reasons and theories vary with the physical nature of Premier League football being one of the main ideas behind Kagawa playing out on the left hand side instead of in the middle.
So how exactly would Klopp save his United career and how would he do things differently?
If the reason for the left wing position was Ferguson and is Moyes being worried about his physical stature, Klopp could build a midfield around him with Michael Carrick and a midfield enforcer protecting him.
The problem at the moment is that Carrick is not the sort of Mathieu Flamini type figure who will get stuck in, making the midfield an aggressive and intimidating place to be against United.
That extra protection would allow Kagawa, and Juan Mata, to go about his business, focusing on being a driving and creative force for the club.
Alternatively Klopp could adopt a method more familiar with the Dortmund side he controlled when Kagawa was playing in the Bundesliga.
That was based around pace and energy, having several match winners across the midfield who could hurt the opposition, taking some of the focus away from Kagawa and placing it onto other players.
As much as a side may want to focus on Kagawa through the middle and knocking him off the ball, a slick Klopp designed United midfield could create distractions and there is already potential in place; Antonio Valencia’s pace and Adnan Januzaj’s ability in possession just two examples.
It’s all hypothetical until the Glazers actually push for the decision to axe Moyes and even then, an awful lot has to happen for the Old Trafford club to poach Klopp away from a side that has him tied down on a contract until 2018.
Klopp knows how to get the absolute best out of individual and unique players in specific positions and whether Moyes could galvanise Kagawa in the same way is doubtful considering the way he’s handled the Japanese star this season.
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