Why Shinji Kagawa must start for Manchester United on Wednesday

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David Moyes faces one of the hardest challengers of his Manchester United career to date on Wednesday as the under-fire manager needs his team to turnaround a two-goal deficit.

Failure to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League could see the Scotsman lose his job as Manchester United’s season has been nowhere near the high standards set by the Glazers, the fans and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Moyes needs to pull a rabbit out of the hat on Wednesday as his players have not put in the same level of performances as they did under Ferguson.

Manchester United have been missing a creative spark - somebody who can unlock the opposition’s defence and allow Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie to flourish in attack.

The likes of Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Nani have all been given the chance to solidify their place in Manchester United’s starting line-up, however they have all failed miserably.

The youngest of Manchester United’s playmakers - Adnan Januzaj - has been the pick of the bunch but he is still learning his trade.

One man who should be given the chance on Wednesday is Shinji Kagawa.

Manchester United fans are yet to see the Japanese playmaker at his best since he sealed a £17million move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund at the start of last season.

He came with a huge reputation - having been named the Bundesliga’s Player of the Year two seasons in a row before Ferguson decided to raid Jurgen Klopp’s side for their star player.

Kagawa has only had a handful of standout games where you can really testify with some of the hype that surrounds the Japanese international.

It probably doesn’t help that he has been shoved out onto the left wing for the majority of his Manchester United career - when his best position is just behind the main striker.

However the 25-year-old is never going to be able to play in his favoured position at Old Trafford as Rooney will always be given the freedom to roam around in the hole.

Kagawa has the skill and the creative flair to have a major say on tomorrow’s game if he given the chance to replace the ineligible Juan Mata.

Manchester United have to attack from the off and they need to keep as much possession as possible in order to score the goals to send them through to the latter stages of Europe’s most prestigious competition.

His goal record at Dortmund of 21 goals in 49 games is also clear evidence that he is capable of scoring from an attacking midfield position.

However he must start performing to his capabilities or he may just be shipped out of Manchester United along with all the other deadwood - unless the aforementioned Klopp comes in of course.

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