Date:26th September 2013 at 10:51am
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David Moyes has fired back at people criticising him for not playing Shinji Kagawa.

The Japanese player started in last night’s win over Liverpool, playing on the left before moving into a more central role.

Much has been made of Moyes decision not to play Kagawa, with some fans even going as far as starting a “Free Shinji” campaign but Moyes has refused to bow to pressure, and continus to use him as he sees fit

Whilst Kagawa showed rust, he improved as the game went on and Moyes feels the performance vindicates his decision, as he claims Kagawa still looks off the pace:

“He did OK. I thought he grew into the game a little bit more.

“There were bits which I was pleased with, and bits where we were looking for a little bit more. Overall, he’s still getting back.

“A lot’s been said (about his lack of playing time), but I think most people who watched would say he’s still short of being really at full match fitness.”