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Shinji Kagawa needs more playing time

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After losing out on youngster Eden Hazard to rivals Chelsea a year ago, Manchester United spent £12 million to bring Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa to the club from German outfit Borussia Dortmund.

Big things were expected of the midfielder, after his 17 goals and 13 assists inspired Dortmund to a domestic league and cup double in 2012.

Things started off quite brightly as Kagawa scored on his Old Trafford debut and earned a run in the team, in his usual creative role.

He scored a decent goal against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in a 3-2 defeat and created a couple of assists for his teammates a couple of games after.

But life in Manchester took a turn for the worst and Kagawa twisted his knee in a Champions league match against Braga, ruling him out for two months.

He returned from injury in January this year but failed to regain a first team place, losing out to English midfielder Tom Cleverley.

He did however, show the brilliance he showed so much at his previous club on the second of March in a Premier League match against Norwich City. He started the game behind strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie and had his greatest Manchester United game to date.

After a superb volley past Norwich keeper Mark Bunn, he beautifully placed a second into the corner of the goal with 15 minutes to go before chipping the ball into the net for a brilliant hat trick, the first of his career at the red devils.

Despite enduring a lot of criticism, Kagawa actually ended his season off quite well.

After earning the man of the match award in Sir Alex Ferguson's last match at Old Trafford, he opened the scoring against West Brom on the last game of the season.

But the obvious problem was, he had not shown his true best in a Manchester United shirt. He only scored six goals for Manchester United over the course of his debut season and those goals hardly made an impact for the club, with half of them coming in one game.

His first goal was a tap in against Fulham and his second was in a defeat at home to Tottenham. His hat trick was obviously brilliant but United were always going to win at home to Norwich so it wasn't necessarily too important. His sixth goal came when United had already won the Premier league title so it meant very little too.

This is not really what Kagawa should be doing. He is a big name player and should be doing more, especially in front of goal.

Now the 24-year-old has experienced a year in English football, where he became the first Japanese player to win the Premier league title, he can change at the club for the better and become a great.

New manager David Moyes does not seem to be a massive fan of Shinji. His only appearances of the season were in the community shield when he got ten minutes from the bench, two premier league games and a champions league game.

His ex-club Borussia Dortmund have reportedly tried to re-sign him but Manchester United blocked the move suggesting Kagawa would play a big part at Old Trafford this season.

A good run in the team could see Shinji Kagawa become one of the best players in the Premier League.

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