Injury was mixed in with snippets of what the Japenese attacker is capable of. A very well taken hat trick against Norwich last season was probably the highlight for him. Judging by the first couple of games of David Moyes’ reign at Old Trafford, it is less than certain that Kagawa will feature too highly in the plans of Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. This is despite the Man Utd legend predicting this season would represent the breakthrough for the man who has played for Japan 43 times.
It would be fair to say the finest moments of his career so far have come in Germany at Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund fans realise this and it is no surprise many feel like a prestigious talent is going to waste at Old Trafford. They have launched the #freeShinji campaign on Twitter to bring their star back to Germany and away from the nightmares of being a bench warmer the whole season.
— Borussia Dortmund (@dortmund_Spain) August 28, 2013
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that an enquiry for Kagawa was put forward to Old Trafford but for now it seems he is willing to stay and fight for his place. Klopp said ‘Shinji is ready to fight for his place. I didn’t think the response would be any different but better safe than sorry’. Another season of the same from Shinji and Klopp may just get his hands back on the Japanese prize!