Date: 26th September 2013 at 3:29am
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Shinji Kagawa turns Lucas

Shinji Kagawa started this evening’s game against Liverpool and depending on who you speak to, the Japanese playmaker was either impressive or pedestrian.

Dortmund fans have been campaigning for Kagawa to be ‘freed’ and today Moyes did just that, after the uproar of him being left out of the Manchester Derby and personally I think his display was encouraging.

Whilst some think Kagawa is wasted out wide, others think it is a role that can work and although he looked decent cutting in, getting involved in the play, it was later in the game when he started moving centrally that he shone, with his most notable contribution being a move where he turned Lucas and fired off a shot that rattled Liverpool’s cross bar.

Here are Kagawa’s match highlights, have a look and judge for yourself! 

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11 responses to “VIDEO – Shinji Freed: How Did Kagawa Do Against Liverpool?”

  1. Sean V says:

    From what I saw Moyes is not wrong some good things but some bad as well. Can be expected from a player who is still a bit rusty for Man United. All he needs is a run of games, Kagawa unfit is still far more effective in the final 3rd than a very fit Young and Valencia even Rooney I would say. Kagawa just has that cleverness about him to unlock the defense, I would alternate him and Rooney behind the striker, he will get the best out of Rooney and Van Persie with some of his passing and clevr plays.

    In my opinion the pairing should be Rooney on the left, Nani on the right and Kagawa behind Van Persie. Rooney is playing out of his skin at the moment and still can’t provide whats necessary in the final 3rd against certain teams without the likes of Kagawa and Nani. However players such as Valencia, Young and Welbeck seem to be prefered over them.

    Valencia works hard but his final passes have been consistently poor and actually easy to cut out, but he defends well so seems to be a certain for Moyes., which is really alarming Welbeck works hard but in the final pass makes the wrong decision constantly. Young like Welbeck works hard, is very fast and defends his sock off but again his final passing is abysmal these days yet he gets many chances.

    The conclusion is what everyone knows and that is Moyesy feeling out his side and being ultra conservative, choosing to pick work horses who are good at defending rather than players who can provide Man United with more going forward.

    I’m not jumping on the Kagawa bandwagon about Moyes not fancing him, I still think he was being careful with him thats why the lack of playing time, but he is getting his starts now and hopefully that will continue for example in the next game and the one after that to get his confidence rolling again. Moyes has proved over the years he is a smart man and hand picked by Sir Alex, so I assume he knows, Man United will win nothing with Valencia, Young and Welbeck starting often.