Shinji Kagawa was not included in Manchester United’s matchday squad to face Stoke City yesterday and fans thought he may have been sidelined with an injury.
However, David Moyes has confirmed that Kagawa was fit to play and that he simply chose to leave him out of the squad in a move that places a question mark over the future of Kagawa at Old Trafford.
This season, Kagawa has always been out of favour but this is the first time that Moyes has completely left him out of the squad and admitted it wasn’t because of an injury. That’s as strong a sign from Moyes as you will get that he doesn’t feel Kagawa is the right player for his United side.
Despite his limited chances in the Premier League, Kagawa will be an important player for United in the UEFA Champions League for a couple of reasons. Juan Mata is cup tied so is ineligible to play for United and the best of Kagawa comes out in continental football where he is allowed more time and space on the ball, but even with European football to play for Kagawa has little reason to be happy at Old Trafford. Is that enough football to keep him happy? Probably not.
Kagawa didn’t have much game time before Juan Mata was brought in and now that he has joined the squad, he is going to have even less opportunities and the way Moyes has used him this season so far, it would be a surprise if he kept him past the summer.
Do you think David Moyes should be using Shinji Kagawa more often?