Shinji Kagawa has told ManUtd.jp that he is grateful to David Moyes for the opportunities he has given him so far this season but admitted he wants to improve himself so that he will be given more chances in bigger matches.
The 24-year-old was chosen to start ahead of the in-form Adnan Januzaj which raised some eyebrows because of how well the youngster had performed but his professional performance against Arsenal was one of his best from his unfavoured left wing position.
He did a lot of defensive work and helped United beat Arsenal 1-0 in a result that has completely changed the shape of the Premier League and he wants to be able to play in more games like Arsenal as the season progresses.
“I think I needed to make the match more satisfactory for myself,” he told ManUtd.jp.
“Also, I hope to have more experiences to play more big matches. I am grateful for the manager who gave me the chance to play.
“I want to improve myself more so that I can shine more in a match like this.”
Kagawa has slowly edged his way into the United team and his inclusion in the starting XI on Sunday was the clearest indication so far that David Moyes believes he is ready for the United first team. It was the biggest game of the season so far for United, so he wouldn’t have played Kagawa if he wasn’t his first choice on the day.
The Japanese playmaker has struggled out on the left but he now looks to be playing better every time he is placed there. The rise of Januzaj didn’t do anything to help his first team opportunities but Kagawa’s disciplined performance against Arsenal would have done him no harm in Moyes’ eyes.
All Kagawa can now do is continue to put as much into training as possible and play well when given the opportunity. If he does that, he has every chance of becoming a regular starter this season.