Shinji Kagawa disappoints in Manchester United cup victory
Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa failed to impress against Liverpool on Wednesday
Retribution is sweet, and it was achieved by Manchester United and their masses of supporters against arch-rivals Liverpool on Wednesday night.
In what was a less than flowing game, Wayne Rooney starred once more for the Red Devils and Javier Hernandez managed to get his name on the scoresheet for the first time this season.
The match also saw the return of the controversial Liverpool frontman Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan seemed to struggle in the first half with one or two link ups with fellow forward Daniel Sturridge and captain Steven Gerrard.
He began to come into his own in the second half and was able to play out the full 90 minutes, showing Reds fans everywhere they have even more to be excited about.
One man who was nowhere near his promising best was former Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa. The Japanese international had a fantastic summer with the national team, qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a match to spare against Australia at home.
Unfortunately for the Manchester United midfielder he has been unable to carry that good form into this season with the reigning champions, instead blaming a lack of game time and being "out of favour" with new manager David Moyes.
Moyes responded by giving Kagawa his opportunity in last night's Capital One Cup third round match against Liverpool, but he was unable to impress, instead looking sloppy on the ball and giving the ball away far too many times.
With an increasing number of short passes showing a lack of confidence on the ball, many pundits have been left wondering: what's next for Shinji?
Since arriving from Dortmund in the summer of 2012, Kagawa has failed to replicate the form that made him a target for Sir Alex Ferguson. He has been plagued with injury and a lack of match fitness often leads to a slump in form which transpires into a lack of self-confidence.
He might look for a move away from Old Trafford in January and even a loan move would not be a bad idea to instil some confidence into him - because, as they say, form is temporary but class is permanent, and Shinji Kagawa has class in abundance so it'll be interesting to see in which direction he chooses to go.
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