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Should Kagawa leave Manchester United in January?

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Kagawa has been stuck on the bench under Moyes (©GettyImages)
Kagawa has been stuck on the bench under Moyes (©GettyImages).

Shinji Kagawa's first 12 months at Old Trafford have not gone to plan.

He has been injured, played out of position and has generally been overlooked for Manchester United's key games.

For many Manchester United fans it is very disheartening to see Kagawa's lack of playing time because he was the creative attacking midfielder that the squad had been lacking, and what all fans were calling out for the last couple of years.

When Manchester United fans prayers were answered last year with the purchase of Kagawa, many felt that he would be an instant hit and would be the creative link-up genius to help regain the Premier League title from Manchester City.

Kagawa did not disappoint in his first couple of months as scored on his home debut against Fulham and set up Michael Carrick in his first Champions League match for Manchester United.

He wasn't so lucky in his second Champions League game as he twisted his knee which led to him being sidelined for two months. 

Upon returning to action from his injury, many questioned whether Kagawa was cut out for life in the Premier League and if Sir Alex Ferguson would be willing to give him the chance with a squad that was underperforming at times during the season.

Even when Kagawa was able to score a hat-trick vs Norwich City, it seemed it wasn't enough to earn the trust of the former manager.

Kagawa has a very technical side to his game that Ferguson did not seem to be able to utilise, as  he instead preferred the hard working wingers and midfielders who run around the pitch trying to be ball winners.

Coming into the past summer Kagawa was healthy and looking to make a fresh start under the new manager, David Moyes.

It seems as though Moyes has had plans of his own and looking to make his own stamp on the squad, he seems to have frozen out the possibility of using Kagawa in his natural position.

Moyes' preferred pairing up top is clearly Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, with Rooney playing a slightly deeper role which is of course where Kagawa likes to play.

Even when Rooney was out early in the season, many saw that it would be the perfect chance for Kagawa to partner up with Van Persie up top but instead Moyes favoured either having Danny Welbeck or Ryan Giggs in the starting XI.

In Kagawa's mind this must have been the ultimate confidence destroyer and rightfully so given that he is really the only natural number 10 playmaker in the team.

While on international duty recently, Kagawa expressed his discontent with the amount of playing time he's receiving at Manchester United and it's currently affecting the form he's having with Japan.

As much as I want to see Kagawa succeed at Manchester United, it doesn't seem like there is a good chance of it happening as long as Moyes is the manager.

Being a World Cup year and wanting to be in peak form going into Brazil, I believe there will be serious negotiations for Kagawa to look for a team in January that will really appreciate the talented Japanese midfielder.  

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