David Moyes has promised that Shinji Kagawa will be involved in some capacity against Olympiacos tomorrow.
The Japanese playmaker, who celebrated his 25th birthday this week, has hardly been used at all by Moyes this season but his best performances have come in Europe (most notably away at Bayer Leverkusen).
Manchester United need to overturn a two goal deficit against the newly crowned Greek champions tomorrow and with Juan Mata suspended and Adnan Januzaj still to make his Champions League debut, United need Kagawa to step up to the plate and take the mantle.
“Shinji is an important player for us,” Moyes told reporters this afternoon.
“It’s been a difficult time for him as he has not played as often as he would like but we have competition for places as well. Shinji is someone who we like and he’ll definitely be involved tomorrow.”
The problem for Kagawa is the weight of expectation that will come with his appearance. He has hardly played any football whatsoever in 2014 yet will be thrown into what is a pressure boiler situation and expected to deliver immediate results.
Somebody previously described Kagawa as a player who will make a good team great but not a player who will make a bad team good. Hopefully that assessment is inaccurate because right now, we need some individual spark to jolt some life back into a limp, gutless United side tomorrow if we are to have any chance of progressing.