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Shinji Kagawa to stay at Manchester United

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Louis van Gaal has finally made a decision over who he will let leave Manchester United - but one of those players isn't playmaker Shinji Kagawa according to the Daily Mail.

The Dutch boss insisted when he took over at Old Trafford that he would give every player a chance to impress, and having taken a closer look at them on their pre-season tour to America has now reportedly told those who didn't make the cut that they will be leaving.

Chopped

The Daily Mail say that no less than seven players have been chopped, including right-back Rafael, £27.5 million midfielder Marouane Fellaini, as well as Nani, Wilfried Zaha, Anderson and Javier Hernandez. Youngster Will Keane is also free to leave.

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Kagawa joined Manchester United in a deal worth around £17 million in 2012, but has failed to shine so far. He's scored just six Premier League goals in 38 appearances and is facing a battle for regular first team football with both Ander Herrera and Juan Mata ahead of him in the queue for the number 10 spot.

Return?

It had been suggested that he could be on his way out of Old Trafford with a return to Borussia Dortmund mooted, however Van Gaal has seen enough in him during pre-season to give him another chance having held talks with him at the club's Carrington training base.

While Kagawa lives to fight another day at Old Trafford, the likes of Hernandez and Fellaini will have no such luxury. Hernandez is not short of suitors in the Premier League with both Southampton and Tottenham interested, while abroad Juventus and Inter Milan are believed to be monitoring developments.

Departures

Fellaini has been linked with Napoli, while Nani could also be on his way to Italy. Zaha may stay in the Premier League, with a move to Newcastle mooted.

With a host of players leaving Manchester United there are likely to plenty of new faces arriving at Old Trafford too, although so far things haven't quite gone to plan for Van Gaal.

He's yet to complete a signing since officially taking over, and has missed out on Stefan de Vrij and Thomas Vermaelen, while deals for Mats Hummels, Arturo Vidal and Angel di Maria look unlikely.

Daley Blind could be his first Manchester United signing, although Barcelona have also shown an interest in the Dutchman.

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