David Moyes tells Shinji Kagawa where to improve to be a success at Manchester United

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Manchester United boss wants to see more creativity from Kagawa.

Shinji Kagawa impressed for Manchester United in the weekend win over Aston Villa, and David Moyes wants to see more of what the Japanese international can do.

The playmaker has struggled in his second season at Old Trafford, often overlooked by Moyes and played out of position - but when he has had chances through the middle he has equally failed to impress.

Prior to this weekend he had yet to contribute a single goal or assist in 12 Premier League games, something he was able to correct by setting up a goal against Villa.

After the game, David Moyes spoke to praise Kagawa and hint he wanted more of the same.

He told ManUtd.com: "I'm glad with Shinji. I thought he played very well at West Ham, too, but he made a very good pass to Juan for the penalty kick [on Saturday]. I want see more from Shinji in those moments because he's a very good footballer. He is technically gifted and can create good situations."

While Kagawa made just one key pass against Villa, the week before he made four against West Ham - but he has made just 10 all season, averaging less than one per game - and Moyes is right he needs to improve this in order to kick on.

United need players like Kagawa to drag them maximum out of themselves if they are to beat Bayern Munich in midweek, yet he has an excellent record against them, winning his last four with Dortmund versus the current Bundesliga champions.

If Moyes' comments can inspire him and get him firing, he could yet be their trump card as they look to pull off a major Champions League upset.

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