Shinji Kagawa has once again taken responsibility for his lack of appearances at Manchester United this season and said that his situation won’t change until he starts to put in improved performances.
The 24-year-old only played 29 minutes of football in February against Olympiacos in a performance where he was left frustrated by United’s style of play.
He is away with Japan on international duty this week and will face New Zealand in a friendly on Wednesday night where he will be hoping to put in a great performance to show David Moyes that he is making a mistake by leaving him out of the side so often.
This isn’t the first time that Kagawa has blamed himself for his current situation at United and he hasn’t shied away from the fact he has under-performed this season.
“Of course it is important for a player to continue getting games, but there is not much I can do about my situation,” he told Japan Times.
It (regular soccer) is something that I won’t be able to gain unless I am delivering results.
“I can’t change the situation I’m in, so to I want to turn it into something positive and do well (on Wednesday).”
Andy Cole has voiced his support for Kagawa and in truth, he is being slightly harsh on himself because David Moyes simply chose not to play him in February, even though Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young were playing so terribly. If anything, it looks like Moyes doesn’t trust that Kagawa will perform.
Kagawa rarely gets given the opportunity to start for United but he will get that chance against New Zealand on Wednesday and if he wants to force his way into Moyes’ plans for the rest of the season, a good performance this week is crucial for Kagawa.