Shinji Kagawa is asking the same question that many Manchester United fans are asking: Why isn’t he playing?
Kagawa has yet to play this season and was not even named on the bench for the defeat to Liverpool as David Moyes publicly said he preferred Nani over Kagawa.
And after scoring for Japan against Ghana, Kagawa admitted he is frustrated that is being marginalised at Old Trafford.
“Please ask David Moyes why I’m not in the side,” Kagawa told AFP.
“It is frustrating not playing but to score a goal like that gives me confidence. Hopefully I can take that back to my club with me and things will improve.
“It’s hard not playing regularly. Some days the frustration is worse than others — it comes in waves.”
“So it’s nice to come back to Japan and get to play, and to score felt good. I just have to keep working hard and keep pushing for my chance. When I get back it will be a challenge to get into the team.”
Kagawa’s only first-team football for United this season was an eight-minute cameo as a substitute against Wigan in the Community Shield.
The 24-year-old was signed from Borussia Dortmund last summer and scored six goals in 26 games in his first season at Old Trafford.
United have spent all summer running all over Europe trying to sign an attacking midfielder. Why not give Kagawa the chance and see how he does? Can he be any worse than Giggs or Cleverley were at Anfield?