Shinji Kagawa holds the key for Manchester United against Bayern Munich

by Sam Peoples

Fans of Shinji Kagawa have been frustrated at his lack of game time at Manchester United this season but in recent weeks, he has started to come to the fore with some consistent and impressive performances against the likes of West Ham and Aston Villa.

On both occasions, he has been central, both figuratively and positionally, to Manchester United’s attacking play and alongside Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney, has helped to create some of United’s most free flowing attacking football this season (more West Ham than Aston Villa).

United may have had a mini morale boosting victory over Aston Villa, but all focus would have immediately switched to the Bayern Munich game on Tuesday, and that is where Kagawa can really stamp his identity on United on the grandest of stages.

Juan Mata is ineligible due to his time at Chelsea and Adnan Januzaj has not made his Champions League debut. Will that happen against Bayern Munich? Very unlikely. Step forward Shinji.

Kagawa spent two years in the Bundesliga with a Borussia Dortmund side that tamed Bayern Munich and kept them at bay.

He was a key figure in their brief spell sitting in the throne of German football. For that reason alone, Moyes must play him.

On the night, there will be vocal support for Moyes in and around the crowd and from United’s perspective, Kagawa gives us the greatest chance of being able to carve open a lot of opportunities against Bayern because lord knows we are unlikely to keep a clean sheet.

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