The Daily Mail says his lack of playing time is not down to any misgivings that new manager David Moyes has about Kagawa’s ability or attitude but rather, it is due to his lack of match sharpness after a disrupted pre-season.
Kagawa joined up late with the United squad on the pre-season tour following Japan’s participation in the Confederations Cup in Brazil, linking up with the team on the Japan leg of the trip before being granted an extra week off to recuperate.
He then played for an hour in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial against Sevilla but has otherwise been building his match fitness on the training ground.
Kagawa is unlikely to make the first eleven against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday but Moyes is hoping that the midfielder, who made twenty-seven appearances in his debut season at Old Trafford, will be ready to start following September’s international break.
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