What's happened? A closer look at Kagawa’s form since he left United

Shinji Kagawa training with Manchester United - 2012

Shinji Kagawa left Manchester United in the summer but since returning to Borussia Dortmund things have not gone well for him.

Former Manchester United player Shinji Kagawa went back to Borussia Dortmund with quite a fanfare, the Japanese international akin to a returning hero.

It is fair to say Kagawa’s time at United did not go according to plan, with the player getting few chances to feature in his best position and some hit-and-miss showings when he did actually get on the pitch.

There were some real moments of quality and no United fan will ever forget his hat-trick against Norwich City or some of his sublime through-balls when played behind the front-man. But for the most part Kagawa’s time at Old Trafford was a failure and he headed back to Dortmund with manager Jurgen Klopp tipped to bring the best out of him once more.

The only thing is, Dortmund are having a nightmare season and Kagawa’s form has gone the same way, to such an extent that his manager was recently quoted hinting his time at United continues to play its part.

But how badly is Kagawa playing? Is he a flop or is he simply suffering from playing in a side who are inexplicably near the bottom of the Bundesliga?

The former United player has made nine starts and two substitute appearances in the Bundesliga this season, while he has also featured five times in the Champions League (once from the bench). But in that time, Kagawa has scored just once and provided only two assists.

When you consider the Japanense star left Dortmund with 30 goals and 18 assists, it is no surprise he is receiving some criticism now.

His goal came in his first game back for Dortmund against Freiburg and he failed to score or assist in the next 10 – a run of form that saw him benched for the next two matches.

Two assists in Europe – in victories against Anderlecht and Galatasaray – suggested better, but he has done nothing of note in the following three group games.

The former United player currently has a pass-accuracy of 83.2 per cent while he averages 1.2 shots per match and 1.9 key passes.

The latter statistic is not bad, but when you consider the player Kagawa was before he left Germany, it is no surprise some fans are asking just what happened to him during his time at United.

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