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Thiago Alcantara signing to benefit Shinji Kagawa

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Thiago has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford (©GettyImages)
Thiago has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford (©GettyImages).

Despite playing in a similar position, Shinji Kagawa should relish the potential arrival of Thiago Alcantara at Manchester United.

I think it's safe to say, that so far, Kagawa has struggled to fit in at Old Trafford - despite showing his talents in short bursts - such as his sublime hat-trick against Norwich City.

This low-key start to his career at Old Trafford got me wondering why a former Bundesliga Player of the Year is struggling in the Premier League? 

At Borussia Dortmund he was a constant menace to the opposition with his darting runs and quick one-twos with his team mates.

United played in a different way under Ferguson - the ex-Old Trafford boss used the width of the pitch, utilising his wingers. 

Add to this the fact that Kagawa was often played out of position on the wing and you start to see why his debut season wasn’t as exciting as first expected.

At times last season, especially when Ferguson deployed a narrower set-up, Kagawa linked up well with both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney due to their superior technique and awareness in comparison with the rest of the squad. 

This was most apparent when United faced Newcastle away earlier in the season and won 3-0 at St James Park. The combination play between the three of them was excellent as Rooney played at the tip of a diamond midfield allowing both Tom Cleverley and Kagawa to buzz around him and create angles for passes.

Now, with the potential arrival of another diminutive and creative midfielder in the form of Thiago, the Japanese international would have a team mate on the same wavelength. You only have to have watched Kagawa's performance against Italy recently in the Confederations Cup, where alongside Keisuke Honda, he tore the formidable Italian defence to pieces.

With the possibility of Thiago’s incisive passing and vision, combined with the dribbling and creativity of Kagawa, Van Persie would surely have all the firepower he would need to fire Manchester United to an historic 21st league win. 

 

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