David Moyes was full of praise for Shinji Kagawa after his man of the match performance against Real Sociedad and hailed his influence in the #10 role he adopted late on in the game.
The 24-year-old is far more comfortable in that role but due to the form of Wayne Rooney, he has been restricted to being out on the left wing when played but it didn’t affect him last night.
He was superb and Moyes admitted it was the best he had seen Kagawa play since he became Manchester United manager.
“I thought it was Shinji’s best game in my time here,” Moyes said.
“He hadn’t really found his feet yet but I saw something from Shinji tonight which I hadn’t seen in other games, so I was really pleased.
“His effort when we didn’t have the ball was fantastic. With Shinji, everybody tells me about his ability and what he has got, but tonight is the first time I’ve really seen Shinji.
“I thought when we put him into the no.10 role, and even after it, he was good with Wayne. His attitude and energy were excellent and I was pleased for him.”
Moyes is spot on. Against Sociedad, we saw the real Kagawa for the first time this season. His performances against the likes of Liverpool and West Brom were not poor but they didn’t show him in full flow like his Sociedad performance did.
And Moyes’ appraisal of Kagawa in the #10 slot he craves is a real indication that he could give him the opportunity to play there at some point, maybe even against Stoke.
The partnership of Rooney and Kagawa was something Moyes praised too and having Kagawa play in behind him could be an extremely fruitful partnership for United, one that he should explore given that he is still getting to know his team.