Kagawa joined Manchester United in the summer of 2012 (Sir Alex's final summer), for a fee of £17 million, from Borussia Dortmund, where he spent two years.
Dortmund signed him for around £280,00 in the summer of 2010 from Cerezo Osaka, the cheap fee, which I'm sure Cerezo Osaka weren't too happy about, was due to a release clause in his contract. During his two years at Dortmund he made 71 appearances, 49 in the Bundesliga, scoring 29 goals, with 21 being in the league. With Dortmund he won the Bundesliga both years he was at the club, the DFB-Pokal (German version of the F.A Cup), and was selected in the Bundesliga Team of the Season both years. It's easy to see why the fans of Dortmund love him so much, and started the Free Shinji campaign.
In his first season in the English Premier League he made 26 appearances, 20 in the Premier League, 3 in the UEFA Champions League, and 3 in the domestic cups, scoring 6 goals, all in the Premier League. During that season he also became the first Asian player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League. Just like in Germany, he won the League in his first season in England as well, along with one F.A Community Shield, this season. In fact a brief appearance in the F.A Community Shield is the only time he has played under Moyes this season, a total of 7 minutes.
All summer everyone was going on about how Manchester United needed to strengthen their midfield, how they needed some creativity, and all I could think was, well about about Kagawa? You constantly have him sitting on the bench, Moyes has brought on the likes of Giggs and Ashley Young (I had forgotten he was still even at Machester United) on instead of Kagawa. Kagawa couldn't even make the bench in their game against Liverpool, where they just looked poor, and uninspiring, I think Kagawa was just the type of player that was needed in that game, he could of made the difference, his creativity could of unlocked the Liverpool defence. If you check Kagawa's Wikipedia page, in the opening paragraph it says, and I quote (how bad is it I'm quoting Wikipedia? Academic suicide) that Kagawa is "a goal-scoring midfielder" who "is known for his vision, technique, movement, and deft passing." So I have to ask has Moyes done his homework? Is he aware of Shinji Kagawa? Has the signing of Marouane Fellaini for £27.5 million pushed Kagawa further away from the starting line-up?
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A player of Kagaw's ability deserves more than just 7 minutes in the F.A Community Shield, and being used as the poster boy of the clubs tour of Asia, which let's be honest, is a little insulting, he shouldn't be used just for this reason, he deserves more. It now looks as if Kagawa himself is beginning to get a frustrated with the way he is being treated. After Japan's 3-1 victory over Ghana on Tuesday, in which Kagawa started the come back, scoring early in the second half, he said to reporters "please ask David Moyes why I'm not in the side," adding "it's hard not playing regularly, some days the frustration is worse than others; it comes in waves." I wonder what David Moyes make's of Kagawa's comments? Hopefully they won't have angered Moyes, and made Kagawa's situation worse. There was talk about him being injured, or not fully fit, but I think his time on International Duty has proven that that is not the case.
Dortmund have said they are open to re-signing him, and I think its say to safe Dortmund fans would take him back with open arms, after-all they started the Free Shinji campaign on Twitter. Kagawa has himself also said they hold a special place in his heart, and that he would follow their results closely. We also know Manchester United were looking at signing other midfielder's over the summer, so perhaps we could see some kind of move during the January transfer window, or at the end of the season.
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