Shinji Kagawa missed Manchester United’s game against Cardiff this weekend because of a bruised foot he suffered on international duty with Japan but he trained and travelled with the squad to face Bayer Leverkusen today.
The 24-year-old has been in and out of the side this season but the fixture against Leverkusen could be the perfect game for him to really show David Moyes what he has got to offer. It will be a tough game for United where they aren’t odds on to win and you can check the latest information at GamblingSites.org.
United may be undefeated so far in their Champions League campaign but we have lacked an attacking penetration that could haunt us against Leverkusen if it isn’t remedied given the importance of the game – a problem that Kagawa can solve.
He spent two years in the Bundesliga and is well accustomed to their culture and style of play. Although Champions League football comes with a different edge, he is better placed than most to know how Leverkusen are going to play.
As well as his experience playing in Germany, Robin van Persie is injured which opens up the potential of Kagawa being given the No. 10 role with Wayne Rooney further up the field. However, that is unlikely to happen given that Moyes will want Rooney in a deeper role to contribute defensively as well as in the attack, so Kagawa would have to settle for the left wing if he played but just this week with Japan, he excelled in a left wing role so he can do it.
Of course, this all depends on Kagawa being fit but he did play both games for Japan during the international break despite his ankle issues so after a weeks rest he should be fine.
United need to avoid defeat against Leverkusen otherwise there is huge pressure on the last game against Shakhtar Donetsk and no guarantee of winning the group, so Moyes has to go out with an attacking impetus which is where Kagawa can solve United’s lack of penetration in Europe so far.