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Shinji Kagawa must force Manchester United exit

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Kagawa needs to leave Manchester United (©GettyImages)
Kagawa needs to leave Manchester United (©GettyImages).

The exciting emergence of Adnan Januzaj is tremendous news for Manchester United, but terrible news for Shinji Kagawa.

The Japan international already had a big enough task on his hands to convince manager David Moyes that he belongs in the Red Devils' starting XI before Januzaj burst onto the scene with that impressive brace against Sunderland last weekend.

Kagawa's only hope of cementing a starting spot in the current United side was on the left-hand side of United's attack, with the No. 10 spot nailed down by Wayne Rooney, ahead of the inconsistent Nani and the disappointing Ashley Young.

The last thing he needed was an upstart from the club's youth ranks stealing the show before an international break with a headline-grabbing display, which has transformed him from a relatively unknown academy member into a European starlet wanted by multiple countries, including England, for their national football teams.

Even the United faithful, in these past few days, appear to have put Kagawa firmly to the back of their minds. Adnan Januzaj is now the name on everyone's lips.

If it wasn't already obvious to Kagawa, it must be abundantly clear by now: in order to get his career back on track, the 24-year-old must leave Old Trafford this January.

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen to take Kagawa back to Signal Iduna Park, which would be ideal for the Japan international in both the long and short-term, with the 2014 World Cup finals just around the corner.

Kagawa looks set to follow in the footsteps of his former Dortmund teammate Nuri Sahin, who failed to establish himself in the Real Madrid first team before eventually finding his way back to the Bundesliga with last season's Champions League finalists.

Both Sahin and Kagawa have undeniable quality but for various reasons their respective moves to European giants failed to work out.

A lack of faith from their respective managers appears to be the overwhelming factor. It turned out that Sahin was not Jose Mourinho's cup of tea, while the same could be said of Kagawa for both Sir Alex Ferguson and Moyes, who have been unable to find a place for the technically-gifted playmaker in their teams.

United's inability to find a place for Kagawa could end up haunting them, even if they currently feel like they have struck gold with Januzaj.

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