Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has tipped struggling star Shinji Kagawa to make a successful resurgence in his Old Trafford career, according to the Mirror.
The Japanese midfielder has been constantly linked with an exit this summer, having failed to live up to his billing as a top European midfielder.
However Cole believes there is light at the end of the tunnel for Kagawa, and has backed him to become an important member of David Moyes’ squad.
“He is a quality player and not the only one who is finding it hard to get regular football. There are many top players in the squad and there is plenty of competition.
"Having seen Shinji play at Dortmund, I know for sure how good he is. He was the best player in Germany for two years. I believe he’ll come back with some good displays."
Thus far this season the former Bundesliga ace has only been used as a bit-part entity, and the appearances he has made have been largely disappointing.
Despite initially predicted to achieve great things, his stock has significantly decreased since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, with some sources adamant that he will return to Dortmund at this season’s end.
In that respect he is only one of a number of first-team United stars, with Moyes expected to undertake a large squad overhaul.
It remains to be seen whether or not Kagawa will stick around in an attempt to establish himself in Manchester, but with Cole’s comments it would seem he still has the support of those close to the club.