Shinji Kagawa has resolved himself to winning a place under Manchester United manager David Moyes, the
Kagawa joined United from Borussia Dortmund in 2010 for a £17m fee, signed by Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, and was substituted at half-time of the weekend defeat to West Bromwich Albion for what the newspaper describes as “tactical reasons”. It was only Kagawa’s fourth appearance of the season and he has not yet played a full game under Moyes.
Rather than sulk over the manager’s apparent lack of faith, Kagawa has vowed to knuckle down and prove to Moyes he can be a valuable member of the United squad. “I have to take this like some kind of message [from the manager],” Kagawa told Japanese newspaper the Hochi Simbun. “I need to improve more and more, or I cannot survive at this club. I have to take this in a positive way and keep trying to do my best.
“I wasn’t involved that much [against West Brom] and I didn’t touch the ball enough but I was trying to be patient, so I didn’t feel that bad at half-time,” Kagawa continued. “I thought I would have been able to find some space to create the chances in the second-half, so in that sense I was disappointed to have been substituted.”
Moyes has previously attributed Kagawa’s lack of appearances to his participation in the summer’s Confederations Cup, and the resultant lack of a full pre-season, and also added that the competition for places at United will mean that Kagawa at times has to sit out. “What we want is the competition now to push each other on to give performances and improve,” Moyes confirmed.
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