Manchester United midfielder and Japanese international Shinji Kagawa has expressed his frustration at his lack of playing time in the Premier League under new manager David Moyes. After a scintillating performance in the Samurai Blue’s 3-1 win over Ghana where he scored Japan’s first goal, he is left wondering why he’s not utilized more over at his club.
“Please ask David Moyes why I’m not in the side,” Kagawa told the media after the match on Tuesday at the Saitama Stadium. Kagawa was twice named the Bundesliga player of the year when he was still with his previous club Borussia Dortmund. He impressed with his first few games when he transferred to English champions United, but after an injury sidelined him for a few months, he has since been underutilized or an unused substitute in the past few games. He has played a total of seven minutes this season. “It’s hard not playing regularly. Some days the frustration is worse than others—it comes in waves,” he admits.
Moyes has been criticized for not using the talented midfielder and there is even a parody Twitter account called “Evil Kagawa” that mocks the Scottish manager for not recognizing his talent over other players like Nani, Ashley Young and veteran Ryan Giggs. His fans over in Germany, Brazil and back home in Japan even started the hashtag #FreeShinji in a bid to let the powers that be know that he needs to play and if not, just sell him back to Dortmund. Kagawa, while appreciative of the support, says he needs to “do his talking on the pitch”. He says it was a joy to be able to play for his country, even if it was just a friendly match. “”I just have to keep working hard and keep pushing for my chance,” Kagawa adds.
[ via Telegraph ]
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