Shinji Kagawa Rescues His Old Trafford Career With Inspiring Display In Champions League

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Shinji Kagawa had a season defining game against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday

Manchester United’s victory over Bayer Leverkusen yesterday was the defining moment of their season in more than one way. Firstly, this big win will work as a big morale booster for them for the rest of the season, especially in Europe and secondly, Shinji Kagawa served up a timely reminder of his true worth to David Moyes after a noteworthy display.

“It is the best we have played in my time here and there is more to come.” That was the reaction of David Moyes after this emphatic display. Both Rooney and Ryan Giggs also had memorable evening but Kagawa’s vision was the biggest inspiration for their counter attacks which ruthlessly exposed the German side. United’s 4th Goal was the proof of Kagawa’s intelligence and may give a selection headache to the Scot once Van Persie returns from the injury.

Such was the mental condition of Kagawa prior to yesterday’s match that he made his frustrations known to Moyes. But, on the contrary his Wednesday’s performance was evidentiary of his will power and to prove himself to his manager. His move was the starting point for Antonio Valencia’s opener as he went forward with the ball and then took Rooney’s cross which gave both scope and space to Valencia to score a goal.

Coach Moyes also lavished the praised on the Japanese star who sells more United jersey’s than any other player. “Shinji and Wayne played well. Wayne had four assists tonight and Shinji was also terrific.” Moyes said to the media after the match.

Kagawa is having a difficult season undoubtedly as he was able to play for only 45 minutes of United’s first 6 games and he had a serious word about his future and role at the club with the manager. But his hard work in the training and his attitude make him popular with both team and the coaching staff.

Wednesday’s performance has definitely brought his hard work to the notice of the fans and Moyes now has a difficult task of team selection ahead of him. During his Everton days, Scot had water thin squad at his disposal but at Old Trafford, at least 18 players are there who are worthy of getting into starting XI. And it is therefore very interesting to see how he approaches the situation over whether to give Kagawa the “Trequartista” role on Sunday.

Kagawa is no doubt determined to prove his worth again but his selection in coming matches will also be decided by Van Persie who will inform Moyes on whether he is ready for the game against Tottenham – not the other way around.