Kagawa wants more playing time

October 16, 2013
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Shinji KagawaManchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has made it clear that he is unhappy by the lack of playing time at Old Trafford.

The Japanese footballer enjoyed a bright start to his career in England, scoring 6 goals in 20 Premier League appearances during his first season at the club.

However, his status has changed with the arrival of David Moyes, given that Kagawa has only had 45 minutes of action in this year’s league campaign.

Therefore, it is hardly surprising the 24-year-old is not too happy about the lack of first team opportunities at club level.

“Personally I felt strongly after these two matches that I need to play more (at my club) and, as a team, there are many things we need to do as well,” Kagawa told reporters in Japan.

“So we all need to go back to our European or J-League clubs and take what we learned in these two matches and work to fix those problems.

“There’s a matter of fitness,” he explained when asked how his lack of club action was a problem, “and there’s also that atmosphere of playing for my country.

“It’s different from the atmosphere at United but you still get a good feel for being on the pitch when you play regularly.

“Maybe it’s because I’m not used to being on the pitch of late but I didn’t feel like I was able to enter these two games properly. During tough times like these I have to improve myself.”

Kagawa continues to be linked with a move away from the club in January, and SkyBet has him at 5/1 to return to Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, Everton and Tottenham are 16/1 and 25/1 respectively.

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