Former Liverpool stalwart Steve Nicol has insisted that Manchester United manager David Moyes should select Shinji Kagawa for this weekend's Premier League clash against newly-promoted Crystal Palace.
24-year-old Kagawa, who signed for United from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund during the summer of 2012, has yet to feature for Moyes in the top-flight this season and his highly-conspicuous absence has led to much speculation over a potential switch away from Old Trafford.
Kagawa's omission from the starting lineup has both baffled and frustrated United fans, with many identifying him as the ideal man to solve the club's creative problems. And Nicol, who enjoyed a successful 13-year stint with fierce rivals Liverpool between 1981-94, insists that the time has come for Moyes to turn to the Japanese international.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the 51-year-old said: "He has to bring on Kagawa. Everybody has been asking where is this guy. This is the perfect scenario for David Moyes.
"(Wayne) Rooney's not going to play, bring on Kagawa against a Palace team that are going to be defending. This guy in the final third, this is where he does the damage.
"I think this is a huge game for Moyes to bring in Kagawa and show everybody what he's made of," he added.
Moyes has endured a difficult start to his tenure with the defending Premier League champions. A thumping 4-1 opening day victory away to Michael Laudrup's Swansea City was followed by an insipid goalless draw against title rivals Chelsea and a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Despite a tricky opening United, who only one made one significant addition to their squad over the summer with the deadline-day acquisition of combative Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, are nevertheless overwhelming favourites to record a victory over Ian Holloway's side on Saturday.