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Shinji Kagawa justifies starting place

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Apart from the result that puts Manchester United in control of Group A of the Champions League, the most pleasing thing to fans last night will have been the performance of Shinji Kagawa. 

The Japanese playmaker has struggled to break into the side so far this season, but he was given a chance against Real Sociedad and grabbed it with both hands. 

He brought a different, more positive dimension to David Moyes' side - and the contrast was there for all to see, with Antonio Valencia on the opposite side proving incredibly wasteful.

It begs the question - why is Moyes persisting with these disappointing wingers?

A common trait of Moyes' Everton teams was a narrow, compact midfield, with most of the width coming from the bursting runs of full-backs Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman.

Rafael is perfectly capable of performing this role (most would say he looks more comfortable running forward than sliding into those borderline tackles he loves). Patrice Evra also likes to get forward - and should they play in these roles, Fabio, Chris Smalling and Alexander Buttner will be no strangers to this either. 

If the width could come from these full-backs, United could pack the midfield, keep the ball a lot better than they have done so far this season and use their most creative, effective and in-form players. 

Partner Michael Carrick with any of Marouane Fellaini, Anderson, Ryan Giggs or Tom Cleverley - and in front of the pair, use Kagawa, Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj all in sync with each other, supporting Robin van Persie or Javier Hernandez.

Not only would this help the team keep the ball better and to link up, you immediately throw the gauntlet down to the under-performing trio of Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young.

All have produced very little so far this season and it's about time Moyes tried a formation that suited his in-form players. 

Kagawa, meanwhile, can do no more than justify his spot in the team by playing well - as he did last night. 

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