Former Manchester United player Shinji Kagawa 'can play better' says Jurgen Klopp

Shinji Kagawa has struggled for regular form since returning to Borussia Dortmund this summer.

One person on the wrong end of the revolving door at Manchester United this summer was Japan international Shinji Kagawa. The attacking midfielder joined the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2012 but never truly settled into life at the club.

He was often played out of position on the left-hand side of midfield and with the arrival of Louis van Gaal this summer Kagawa was allowed to move on. He returned to Dortmund in a £6.3 million deal this summer - almost a £10 million loss on the player.

Immediately after his return things looked good. He bagged a goal ans an assist on his second debut against SC Freiburg, leaving many to believe he was back to his best almost instantaneously.

Of course that was not the case. Inconsistency had become a habit of his game at Manchester United and that remained back in the Bundesliga.

His form and Dortmund's form dipped - the media quickly rounded on him.

Now his coach Jurgen Klopp has come out on the matter. He has admitted that Kagawa, like many of the Dortmund players this season, can play better - but remains sure that they will.

He told the gathered press:

“Well this is not really the time to talk about individual players and say how far they are.

“We are trying to play football the way we can even if they’re not at their best form. Everyone has had problems.

“I think Shinji can play better, but I hope we will see that.

“I hope we can all play better. He has had a few very good games for us and a few not so great.”

With Kagawa set to play some part against Arsenal this evening in the Champions League Manchester United fans will get to see him in action again. Hopefully he will continue to justify their decision to move him on.

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