Manchester United manager David Moyes has praised Shinji Kagawa following his performance against Real Sociedad in the Champions League group stages on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Inigo Martinez's second-minute own goal, but it was Kagawa who caught the eye on only his fourth start of the season for the Red Devils.
The Japan international was busy throughout and particularly impressed once he moved inside from the left-wing to the attacking midfield role.
"I thought it was Shinji's best game in my time here," Moyes told the club's official website. "He hadn't really found his feet yet but I saw something from Shinji which I hadn't seen in other games, so I was really pleased.
"His effort when we didn't have the ball was fantastic. With Shinji, everybody tells me about his ability and what he has got, but tonight is the first time I’ve really seen Shinji.
"I thought when we put him into the No.10 role, and even after it, he was good with Wayne. His attitude and energy were excellent and I was pleased for him."
Kagawa, who joined United from Borussia Dortmund in 2012, has struggled to hold down a place in the first-team since completing his £12m move to Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old scored six Premier League goals in 20 appearances last season, including a hat-trick against Norwich City, but has often found himself on the substitutes' bench this season.
However, after finally convincing Moyes of his qualities, Kagawa is expected to have a few more chances to shine over the coming weeks.