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Manchester United must sell Shinji Kagawa

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Manchester United fans seem desperate for Shinji Kagawa to succeed at Old Trafford, but unfortunately he continues to fail on England's elite stage. 

Since arriving at the Theatre of Dreams in the summer of 2012, the Japanese ace has never quite looked the part in Manchester. 

Going back to last season, there were many excuses given for Shinji's below par performances. His fans suggested that he was playing out of position and others insisted he was taking time to settle in the Premier League. 

In all fairness, these excuses can't really be argued with.

Everyone is well aware that Kagawa's best position is in the hole behind the striker and it's certainly never easy to adapt to a new style of football in a new country and at a new club.

However, this season, there has been no improvement. Okay, there have been a few glimpses of his talent, but nothing to get anyone really talking. 

Kagawa's statistics this season don't do much for him either. 

In 11 appearances this season, 12 if you include the Community Shield, the 24-year-old has failed to score and even failed to provide an assist.

Yes, in many of those games he has once again been played out on the left wing, however in recent games, with the injury of Robin van Persie, Kagawa has played in the position behind the striker and still had very little effect. 

For one reason or another, he just doesn't seem up to the billing in the Premier League and Manchester United can't afford a player that continues to struggle to adapt. 

When he was left out of the side earlier in the season, fans of the Red Devils voiced their upset at the lack of game time Kagawa was receiving. 

However, since being made a constant figure in the starting XI, he is yet to show any signs of improvement. 

The likes of Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Ashley Young and Co. are all easy targets to get at for United fans, but perhaps they really should be asking for more from the man they rate so highly. 

He's certainly not the type of player to take a game by the scruff of the neck, nor is he the type of player to track back and battle for his side. 

What he is, or should be, is a player that produces moments of magic with beautiful touches and fine through balls as he creates and makes things out of nothing. These touches and pieces of individual skill just don't seem to be happening enough. 

Moyes certainly can't rely on him to produce in the big games, either. Kagawa, on occasions, seems lost out on the field of play and just can't get involved. 

Many will still argue the fact that he needs more games in his favoured role, but there can't be one United fan that would take either Wayne Rooney or Van Persie out the side when they are fit. 

So, where does that leave Kagawa?

Everyone at Manchester United wants Kagawa to produce the goods, but he just doesn't seem to be taking off and soon questions will be asked of the playmaker once again. 

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