Ex-reds were in fine form last night in the Champions League.
As well as Danny Welbeck scoring a hat-trick for Arsenal, Shinji Kagawa shone in Borussia Dortmund’s win over Anderlecht.
The Japanese playmaker was back to his flowing best with some wonderful football, incisive passes and the sort of attacking edge many United fans hoped he would bring to Old Trafford.
Kagawa laid on two assists in a dominant performance where he constantly exploited the space between Borussia Dortmund’s midfield and attack to make himself a constant thorn in Anderlecht’s side.
“I thought Kagawa did very well,” Jurgen Klopp said after the game.
“He played some great passes. Shinji produced a big performance. He was very important for us, without doubt.”
For whatever reason, Kagawa didn’t do that at United. Be it a lack of confidence, lack of game time, lack of ability or lack of desire, it never happened.
However, Kagawa already sounds like he is getting back to his creative best in Dortmund, so it’s certainly a step in the right direction for his career.
From a United perspective, Kagawa will simply have to go down as a player who arrived at United with such promise but ultimately failed to deliver.