Shinji Kagawa is something of an enigma for Manchester United fans.
Those who saw him play regularly for his former club Borussia Dortmund know just what he is capable of, as his numerous goals and assists in the Bundesliga proved. But since his arrival at Old Trafford, he has shown only in sporadic glimpses the footballing nous that helped Jurgen Klopp's men to considerable success.
The thing with Kagawa is that a section of United fans regularly call for his inclusion, but when he has played, he has not always performed even close to his best. But that cannot be said of his latest outing, when he helped United to a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Japanese international provided one assist and made 23 accurate passes, but his all-round play and understanding with Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata suggested the fans may be seeing a lot more of this trio in tandem between now and the end of the season.
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It is only a shame that David Moyes cannot call on Mata for the upcoming Champions League matches against Bayern Munich. But with Kagawa leaving the field 22 minutes before the end, could he be set for a start against the reigning European champions and a side he has an outstanding record against?
Those who love the Japanese international will certainly hope so, but for now we will focus on what the fans made of his showing against the Villans.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what the fans thought, and below is a selection of what we found.
Shinji kagawa, Juan Mata and Wayne once those 3 players start I'm always sure of a win. #Mufc— Skuii Entertainment (@MaLniNol) March 29, 2014
Masterclass by Kagawa. He is my world— Aria Nekooie (@Aria_Nekooie) March 29, 2014
Hope moyes play Kagawa against Bayern on tuesday,aside his fine performances of late,he knows the germans better,he can ripe em apart.— Bebs Ebiowei Matt (@Matobebs) March 29, 2014
Kagawa has NEVER lost in a match he featured in against Bayern Munich. Continuity or record for Moyes to break?— JERRY MUFC (@MaxPhlankMUFC) March 29, 2014
Absolute class by kagawa and mata. Those two should be in starting line up more often— Mohd Izlan (@Ikeeper24) March 29, 2014
nice move to play kagawa ..come on..prove others wrong #GGMU— Capiche (@syazwanmansoor) March 29, 2014
Just seen Kagawa's ball to Mata for the penalty, beautifully weighted!— Sam (@SamLui17) March 29, 2014