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Juan Mata signals the end for Shinji Kagawa

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Juan Mata's debut as a Manchester United player came in a 2-0 victory for the Old Trafford side against Cardiff on Tuesday.

His debut signaled encouraging times for supporters of the Old Trafford club, as the signing of a world class star has proven that Manchester United is still a top side.

Similar to how the signing of Mesut Özil has revitalised Arsenal, the signing of Mata can be seen as a boost for the entire club.

However, one player who will not be encouraged by the Spaniard's arrival is Shinji Kagawa.

The Japanese playmaker was having a difficult time getting into the squad without the introduction of the former Chelsea man.

This season Kagawa has actually taken part in fewer Premier League games for Manchester United (nine), than Mata played in for Chelsea (13 games). It has been very disappointing for Kagawa, who was expected to have a break-out season after showing signs of promise in his debut as a Manchester United player last year.

Unluckily for Kagawa, Sir Alex Ferguson, who probably would have given his Japanese signing more game time than he gets right now, decided it was time for him to hang up his boots. His departure meant the introduction of David Moyes, who does not seem to be as interested in Kagawa.

Now with the signing of Juan Mata the former Dortmund attacker will fall further down the pecking order and will probably leave the club in the summer.

Rumors say that Kagawa could be used as a makeweight player in a possible exchange for Marco Reus, as Jurgen Klopp is interested in bringing his former star back to the club and has continuously expressed his admiration for him.

Although, there is the possibility that a trio of Kagawa, Mata, and Wayne Rooney could play in behind Robin van Persie, but this seems unlikely, as Moyes favors the width that Antonio Valencia brings to the play, and Adnan Januzaj's fine form of recent has made it difficult to not include him in the side.

With Kagawa's preferred role being in behind the striker, and Mata's being the same, it seems as if Kagawa's days at the Red Devils are numbered.

Only time will tell how David Moyes integrates is new signing in the squad, but it does seem as if for one man to go in, another will be have to go out.

And it looks like Shinji Kagawa is the one going out.

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