To call Shinji Kagawa an outcast does not sum up even half of what we think the Manchester United player must be feeling at the minute. Here in the Football Transfer Tavern, we are big fans of the Japanese attacking midfielder, and if it were up to us, he would be starting every week.
Sadly for the former Borussia Dortmund player, it is up to David Moyes, who does not seem to fancy him in the slightest. Rumours of a move from Old Trafford have been circling for a while, and given how unhappy Kagawa looks on the bench, that is no shock.
As one of our punters shows us the latest viral they have been handed, our landlord quips that unhappy is just the tip of the iceberg if Kagawa’s face is to be taken seriously here.
Our punters have heard of the popular phrase ‘if looks can kill’, and certainly think that is most appropriate here. Kagawa is looking across at team-mate and flavour of the month Adnan Januzaj and is not best pleased. In fact, he makes Iker Casillas look like he sits on the bench drawing love hearts with Jose Mourinho’s initials in them!
Kagawa is of course fighting for his life at the club, and to see a young wonderkid given a chance (one which, to be fair, he took with both hands) it must hurt.
One of our punters even quips that it is good practice for Januzaj – especially if he does become a member of the England national team. Given Jack Wilshere’s thoughts on that situation, one can only imagine how he would look at the starlet!
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