Shinji Kagawa is set for a career defining season at Old Trafford after a busy summer away with Japan.
The playmaker recently revealed he wasn’t satisfied with his own contribution to Manchester United’s title challenge last season, despite finishing the campaign with a Premier League medal and he wants to play a more pivotal role at Old Trafford next year.
According to the football betting news, the midfielder has reportedly cut short his pre-season break to prove to David Moyes his commitment to the squad despite an intense summer of football.
He secured 2014 World Cup qualification with Japan before playing with them in the Confederations Cup, where he impressed in the group stage against tough opponents Italy and Brazil and scored a stunning goal against the former.
I am not happy with my performance for the team at all. I didn’t score that much and I also had my [knee] injury. I didn’t contribute as much as I did at Dortmund. I had a lot of conflict, frustration and worries. Shinji Kagawa
At points last year, Kagawa provided the movement and forward nous that convinced Sir Alex Ferguson to buy him but he struggled with injuries and couldn't get the consistent run of games he needed to express himself.
But away on international duty with Japan, Kagawa was in fine form. Alongside Keisuke Honda, he dictated the tempo of the team and was the main creative spark in most of their positive forward play.
Indeed, last season Kagawa did flit in and out of play last term and for many games, he was played slightly out of position. Sports betting fans saw him play just behind the lead striker at Dortmund but Ferguson, as he typically did with attackers, instilled an ethos of versatility using Kagawa across a variety of positions and at points, played him much deeper in the team in midfield.
Now under a new boss, Kagawa has the chance to prove himself and will certainly be offering more to the team next season. Moyes is likely to instruct the same midfield style but will hopefully give Kagawa freedom to advance if the opportunities arise.
With Wayne Rooney’s future unclear and no real guaranteed starters in the attacking line-up apart from Van Persie, a space is there in the side if Kagawa can stamp his authority on it and if he can strike a working relationship with Van Persie, Moyes could have the perfect partnership with which to kick start his career at Old Trafford