Blessed with two feet, the ability to thread the ball through defences and the uncanny ability to find himself just where the defender doesn't expect him to be, Shinji Kagawa is supremely talented footballer.
When Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from Dortmund for an initial £12million rising to a possible £17million, almost everyone was convinced that Manchester United has signed an attacking playmaker who would be unlocking Premier League defences for years to come.
Kagawa's form for Dortmund backed up this assessment; in two seasons for BVB he helped his side win consecutive league titles, scoring 21 goals in 49 Bundesliga games.
His contribution in his one and a half seasons at Old Trafford couldn't be more different - only once with a hat-trick against Norwich has Kagawa lived up to the hype at Old Trafford. All too often the 24-year-old has been at best a peripheral figure and at worst a completely anonymous figure.
This isn't due to a lack of desire on the Japanese internationals part but rather Manchester United are unable to accommodate him. With Wayne Rooney playing in the number 10 role, Kagawa has found himself playing on the left wing, as opposed to in his preferred central role.
Unsurprisingly, Kagawa has struggled on the left wing since for all his talents and creativity with the ball at his feet Kagawa lacks the pace to play as an out and out winger.
Almost everyone, including the greatest manager ever Sir Alex Ferguson, thought that
Kagawa had all the skills to succeed at Old Trafford. Football however, isn't science or maths, unexpected things can happen. Sometimes the better side loses; sometimes a good player fails to adapt to life at his new club, just look at Juan Sebastian Veron.
For whatever reason Kagawa has failed at Manchester United and, instead of prolonging the misery, David Moyes should sell Kagawa and reinvest the funds raised.
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