Manchester United have wasted Shinji Kagawa’s talents by using him out of position, according to Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.
Sir Alex Ferguson swooped to sign the 24-year-old Japan international from the German Bundesliga outfit 12 months ago but then opted not to play him on a regular basis throughout the title-winning campaign.
To add insult to injury for Klopp, who did not want to lose Kagawa in the first place, United’s outgoing boss used him on the left side of midfield when he excelled in the centre for Dortmund during their 2011-12 German championship winning season.
Ferguson will now be replaced by David Moyes following his retirement and it seems Klopp’s outburst has been timed to appeal to the former Everton chief to play Kagawa to his strengths going forward.
“Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United – on the left wing!,” Klopp told the Guardian.
“My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes. Central midfield is Shinji’s best role. He’s an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw.
“But for most Japanese people it means more to play for Man United than Dortmund. We cried for 20 minutes, in each others’ arms, when he left.”
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