Kagawa vows to fight for his place at United


Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa has vowed to fight for his place at Manchester United even though he has not featured in any of the club's Premier League matches this season.

The 24-year-old arrived in Japan on Monday ahead of international friendlies against Guatemala and Ghana, desperately short of playing time under new manager David Moyes.

But asked whether he would be staying at Old Trafford, Kagawa, reportedly the subject of interest from his former club Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, said "Yes that's right."

"Tough times are continuing, but all I can do is to work hard," he added, according to news reports on Tuesday.

Using the hashtag #freeshinji, Dortmund fans took to Twitter to urge the Champions League finalists to re-sign Kagawa, who helped them win back-to-back Bundesliga titles before securing a move to Old Trafford in 2012.

The attacking midfielder has not played in any of Manchester United's three league games this season and will face even tougher competition for a first team place after the club signed Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini from Everton.

Asian champion Japan faces Guatemala on Friday at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, home of Kagawa's former club Cerezo Osaka, before a friendly against Ghana in Yokohama on Sept 10.

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United are an absolute shambles at the moment. How can a player who was player of the season two years ago in the Bundesliga not be getting in the side? I'd get out sooner rather than later. #wakeupshinji

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As a United fan, I'm baffled by the decision not to play Kagawa. My only guess is that Moyes is trying to play it extremely safe at the start of the season and is thus employing Carrick-Cleverley-Welbeck over and over again. But Shinji deserves a chance, he needs to play. Hopefully he will feature in the next game.

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Moyes is looking very unsure and out of his depth at the moment a bit like a rabbit caught in the head lights. I only hope he and the team improve before we play man city, to lose to them as well as to the scousers would be gutting.

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Kagawa prove himself? He shouldn't have to. Come on Moyes, put him out on the pitch where he belongs...

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Ceases to amaze me how many people must originate from a certain part of Manchester to support the ever popular Red Devils. Hope kagawa plays the next match, Crystal Palace midfield will give him a hard time, especially Jedinak, hopefully Manure lose again, lol!

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