PICTURE: Manchester United's match winner gets warmed up?

Will Shinji Kagawa be the crucial Manchester United man against Olympiakos?

Right: Shinji Kagawa warming up ahead of Manchester United's clash with Olympiakos.

Could Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa go onto prove his worth for the Red Devils in their crucial Champions League clash?

The Japanese international was once again named on the bench, and has not been named in United's starting line-up since January.

With Juan Mata cup-tied, there had been suggestions Kagawa could be recalled, with David Moyes stating in his pre-match press conference that the 25-year-old is likely to feature at some stage of the encounter.

"Shinji's an important player for us. It's been a difficult time for him. he's not played as often as he'd have liked. He's someone we really like and he'll definitely be involved at some point tomorrow."

United head into half-time 2-0 up thanks to a brace from Robin van Persie, levelling the game on aggregate.

The stage is set for Kagawa to come on and show why the fact he has been overlooked recently has been so unfair, and help United seal their progression to the quarter-finals.

The midfielder being left out again with Mata unavailable and Januzaj also rested does not bode well for him, but there is still time for him to prove his worth.

The £16 million signing had been linked with a switch back to Borussia Dortmund this week, and so far has no goals or assists in Premier League or Champions League matches under David Moyes.

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