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While Kagawa’s Manchester United career to date has been beset by injury, there’s little suggestion that he would have made a strong impression at the club even had he not been sidelined.
Ideally, Kagawa would play behind the striker in a No. 10 role; however, this position is currently occupied by Wayne Rooney, who now looks committed to the cause and thus undroppable since his summer of discontent.
Unable to wrest the position away from Rooney, Kagawa has often been shunted out to the left flank, but even here he faces competition in the shape of Danny Welbeck (also capable of playing behind the striker), Ryan Giggs (although more frequently used in a deeper position) and Wilfried Zaha (not currently finding favour in Moyes’s eyes).
The attempted signings of Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara during the summer seemed to indicate that Moyes was also keen to strengthen further this attacking midfield area.
Despite the various failings of these characters, Kagawa is yet to convince Moyes (or Ferguson before him) that he is worthy of a place in the starting XI, let alone in his favoured position behind the striker.
In the face of such competition, and unable to flourish as he would ideally hope to do, it may be in Kagawa’s best interests to move on to a stage where he can operate in his perfect position and enjoy a key run in the side.
There will be no shortage of potential suitors willing to give Kagawa the creative reins—the Asian playmaker ought to escape Old Trafford before his merits fade in the eyes of those would-be saviours.