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Rooney: Kagawa is a fantastic footballer and played superbly

by Sam Peoples

Wayne Rooney piled the praise on Shinji Kagawa for his man of the match performance in Manchester United’s 5-0 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen in Germany .

The 24-year-old played from the start in his preferred No. 10 position behind Wayne Rooney who played as the lone striker and he thrived in his natural role.

Rooney and Kagawa’s link up play was fantastic and they both enjoyed their roles in what should have been a tough away performance against Bayer Leverkusen as they had never lost in the Champions League at home.

“Shinji is a fantastic footballer so it’s great for us,” Rooney said after the match.

“He hasn’t played much football but came in tonight and played superbly. It’s great to have players fighting for the positions.”

On paper, the Rooney and Kagawa partnership could be brilliant. Both players are excellent at providing the final pass and their quick movement between the lines caused Leverkusen a real headache.

It was the first time that Kagawa had played behind Rooney and it certainly worked. Robin van Persie has been preferred with Rooney behind him in the No. 10 role this season but what Kagawa showed Moyes was how well he can operate in his favoured position alongside Rooney.

Image: Twitter/ManUtd

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