Manchester United’s Japanese superstar Shinji Kagawa has repeatedly voiced his concern about his lack of games for the champions this season and with David Moyes seemingly deeming the midfielder surplus to requirements, a much-mooted move back to Borussia Dortmund is starting to look very much on the cards.
Kagawa is yet to play a full 90 minutes for United since Moyes became manager.
The Scot clearly feels there is no place for the 24-year-old in his preferred starting line up as he left Kagawa out of his first five Premier League games as Old Trafford boss and hauled him off at half-time in his sixth.
The Kobe native had already suffered the indignity of early removals against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League and in the Red Devils’ 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup and has not featured since the 2-1 home reverse against Steve Clarke’s side.
With the World Cup less than nine months away Kagawa is concerned with his form for Japan.
The midfielder admitted after his countries recent friendlies against Serbia and Belarus that he was struggling for peak fitness and form having hardly played at all this season for United.
Japan became the first nation to book their place in Brazil next summer – outside the hosts – with a 1-1 draw against Australia in June and Kagawa will surely look to improve his chances of performing on the biggest stage of all by leaving the north west in search of regular games should he continue to be frozen out.
Klopp has spoken of the sorrow he felt when Kagawa left Germany and would love to have him back.
At the end of the 2012/13 campaign the free-speaking Dortmund coach vented his frustration with how his former star was being used in England, stating that ‘Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United – on the left wing!’.
The Champions League finalists have form for bringing ‘unloved’ former players back to Signal Iduna Park – with Nuri Sahin re-settled in Dortmund after unsuccessful spells with Real Madrid and Liverpool – and Moyes’ reluctance to play him could drive Kagawa back into the arms of his old gaffer after Christmas.