Just when you think Japanese attacking midfielder is going to turn the proverbial corner in his Manchester United career – with the possibility of getting a glut of games as striker Robin van Persie remains on the injury list – Shinji Kagawa was dropped from the team that lost to Newcastle over the weekend due possibly to gastronomic issues. Kagawa had started the past two games and has been in a relatively good run of form, especially in United’s hammering of Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, but was unable to get well enough to make the team last Saturday.
Manchester United boss David Moyes revealed that Kagawa was forced to miss Saturday’s defeat to Newcastle after having his stomach pumped. Apparently, the Japanese international midfielder was rushed to hospital after the midweek loss to Everton after eating too much. Moyes had felt it was better not to risk him after only returning to United’s Carrington training facility on Friday. “Shinji was very sick after the Everton game and he did a bit of training on Friday but he was low,” Moyes said. “All of the stats that we look at were low so we felt we had better not take a risk in case we got an injury by playing him. It was a bad sickness,” he added. “He thinks he ate too much and he had to get his stomach pumped, but I think he is okay.”
In Kagawa and van Persie’s absence, United slumped to two straight defeats in the English Premier League, the first time in over a decade that the club has suffered back-to-back losses. The champions now languish in mid-table after a run that has seen them claim only 22 points from their first 14 games. A second successive home defeat on Saturday made the situation a bit untenable for Moyes, and the media are now saying that this has become for Manchester United a full-blown crisis. Most pundits are saying now that it would be an achievement for the Red Devils to even get a top 4 finish and grab a Champions League spot for next year, much less retain their premier league title.