David Moyes refused to say whether he felt Shinji Kagawa’s best position was on the left or in the centre when asked by reporters in the press conference after tonight’s 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad.
The 24-year-old was given a real opportunity to impress Moyes and played the whole match (bar a couple of minutes following Fellaini’s red card) but once again failed to really stamp his authority on the game.
There’s no doubt that he improved when he moved into his favoured position in the centre but Moyes was keen to not put that point across when asked after the game.
“I think he is good in them all [positions across the front three],” he said.
Kagawa has struggled to adapt to life out on the left at Manchester United because his natural position is in the hole where he played to devastating effect with Borussia Dortmund.
However, he has shown on international duty with Japan that he is capable of putting in good performances on the left wing so he certainly has it in him but Moyes hasn’t seen that from him so far.
Unless Wayne Rooney suffers a severe dip in form, Kagawa will remain second choice for the position behind the striker and the sooner he accepts that, the sooner he can adapt his game to get the most out of opportunities he is given.