Earlier this week at the press conference ahead of Olympiacos, David Moyes hailed the importance of Shinji Kagawa when questioned by a reporter and insisted that he would ‘definitely’ play against Olympiacos in some capacity.
“Shinji is an important player for us,” Moyes said.
“It’s been a difficult time for him as he has not played as often as he would like but we have competition for places as well. Shinji is someone who we like and he’ll definitely be involved tomorrow.”
As it turned out, Kagawa didn’t get to play at all and had to watch the full 90 minutes from the bench.
Although backtracking on what he said will once again dampen the spirits of Kagawa, the proof is in the performance and Moyes made the right choices against Olympiacos in his personnel.
Kagawa must be chomping at the bit to get some game time and given that his best games this season have come in the Champions League, it was seen as a perfect chance to give him some game time. However, it wasn’t to be.
In this scenario, Kagawa’s frustration counts for nothing because United put in a storming performance in his absence but if Moyes is going to say one thing and do the opposite when it comes to playing the Japanese playmaker, he could quickly become disillusioned with life at Old Trafford.