BVB actually did #freeshinji
i just read a lot of fans waiting for shinji in the hospital!
Manchester United’s failure to utilise Kagawa’s talents (which isn’t shirt selling before some racist moron comes along with that shit) is the best example of the poor attempts at rebuilding the squad back towards the end of Ferguson’s era, which have been at the source of the recent woes at Man United (4-0, biggest win in MK Don’s history, that’s still fucking hilarious).
It appeared like Ferguson wanted to leave the club with a solid foundation for the next manager to re-consolidate their monopoly, which up until then hadn’t really been properly dismantled. I recall in the Community Shield match in 2011, Nani of all players finished a fine passing move to score. The passing move also included the departing Tom Cleverly and the godawful Ashley Young. It was a fast and intense move, and looked like that Fergie may have been trying to engineer that into the squad. A year later, Rooney appeared settled and Kagawa was signed. It all looked good despite the emergence of ‘noisy neighbours’ Man City and an ageing squad core with Ferguson also bringing in young talent such as Nick Powell and Buttner. Surely Ferguson would rebuild Man United one last time.
But then: Robin van Persie suddenly becomes available. So like any sane person Ferguson snaps him up. But then Kagawa is now surplus, with a RVP-Rooney partnership forming the front two. He’s been hung out to dry, either on the wing (Fergie), on the bench (Moyes) or in some bizaree attempt to play him as a no6 or no8 (LVG). And inevitably a player of his talent just had to get out.
However, both RVP and Rooney look like they’re on the decline (for me at least), although not really badly. It seems like Fergie decided to ditch a massive rebuilding project as soon as Man City fucked up with Shuper Van, and get the historic 20th title and get out of there. Kagawa was the frontman victim for this.
Whilst I certainly wouldn’t say Kagawa is fully removed of responsibility, his failure at Man United is indicative of the club’s failure to address a squad in decline. Investment in the last few years has either been on complete dross such as Young and Fellaini or on players that haven’t been able to fulfill their potential or best utilised by the management. I would put Kagawa in this category alongside Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley (he did have potential) Javier Hernandez and perhaps even David de Gea and Juan Mata. Most of the players mentioned in this paragraph cost the club over £15 million each, and it clearly hasn’t work. Cleverley couldn’t be the next Scholes; Phil Jones hasn’t become the next masterclass CB; Buttner couldn’t step up for Evra. The individuals will be blamed in most cases but how can the club have invested so much, and gotten so little in return? Kagawa is the prime example of the club letting talent go to waste.