Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa fighting to impress manager David Moyes following testing time

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 Slow start: Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa has struggled to impress David Moyes so far Photo: REUTERS

Slow start: Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa has struggled to impress David Moyes so far Photo: REUTERS

Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa has admitted that he is fighting for his future at Old Trafford and battling to convince David Moyes of his worth to the team.
The Japan midfielder, a £17 million buy from Borussia Dortmund in June 2012, endured another setback in his efforts to win over the new United manager by being substituted at half-time for “tactical reasons” during the 2-1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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He has made just four appearances for United this season and is yet to complete a full 90 minutes under Moyes. Despite his popularity among the fans, the Japanese admits that his withdrawal against West Bromwich Albion has underlined the challenge he now faces to remain at Old Trafford.

“I have to take this like some kind of message [from the manager],” he told Japanese newspaper The Hochi Simbun. “I need to improve more and more, or I cannot survive at this club. I have to take this in a positive way and keep trying to do my best.

“I wasn’t involved that much [against West Brom] and I didn’t touch the ball enough but I was trying to be patient, so I didn’t feel that bad at half-time. I thought I would have been able to find some space to create the chances in the second half, so in that sense I was disappointed to have been substituted.”

Moyes has insisted that Kagawa’s delayed start to the season, caused by an extended summer break following Confederations Cup duty, has made it difficult for the player to stake a claim in his team, but the Scot has also stressed the need for the player to overcome competition for his place.

“There’s a lot of competition here,” the United manager said. “What we want is the competition now to push each other on to give performances and improve.”

With United due to face Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League group match in Ukraine on Wednesday, Kagawa is expected to lose his place with Moyes set to field his strongest possible team in the Donbass Arena.

Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra will return to the starting line-up after being rested against West Brom, while Robin van Persie is fit to reclaim his place up front after the Dutchman overcame a groin strain.

United can move clear at the top of Group A with a win having secured a 4-2 victory at home to Bayer Leverkusen last month.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Salzburg defender Martin Hinteregger has been quoted in Austria as claiming that United have shown an interest. He has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with reports suggesting Arsenal and Liverpool are also watching the Austria Under-21 international. “There is an interest from Manchester United and some big Italian clubs,” Hinteregger was quoted by the Austria Press Agency. “I am honoured by it.”


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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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