Borussia Dortmund Coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is disappointed to see his former charge Shinji Kagawa playing only sporadically and usually out of position at Manchester United, according to the
Kagawa left Dortmund for United last summer and made 26 appearances in all competitions as United won the Premier League title and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but was often restricted to substitute appearances or left-wing berths, rather than starting in what Klopp believes is his preferred central midfield role.
In an interview with the Guardian, Klopp spoke about Kagawa’s first season away from Dortmund, suggesting United have struggled to get the best out of the Japan international by playing him out of position. He said: “Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United – on the left wing!”
“My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes. Central midfield is Shinji’s best role. He’s an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw,” Klopp added.
Kagawa moved to Dortmund in 2010 after beginning his career in Japan with Cerezo Osaka. He played more than 70 games for the Champions League finalists, scoring 29 goals, and won the Bundesliga title in consecutive seasons, clinching a league and cup double in his last game for the club before moving to the Premier League.
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