Football

Van Gaal: Kagawa disobeying my orders

Louis van Gaal has shed light on why he has not used Shinji Kagawa in Manchester United's first two Premiership matches.

The Japan international (above) was named as a substitute in both the 2-1 defeat by Swansea on the opening day and the 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Sunday.

But he did not come off the bench, even though van Gaal faced the worst injury crisis of his managerial career, with nine players sidelined and new signing Marcos Rojo ineligible to make his debut on Sunday.

The United boss played Kagawa as one of his two central midfielders during the Red Devils' pre-season tour of the United States, but he said he did not fit into his philosophy.

"Kagawa did not wish to fulfil my wishes, my philosophy when I played him in the United States," said van Gaal.

Juan Mata has been operating in Kagawa's preferred position behind the strikers and van Gaal explained in July: "Kagawa was a No. 10 at (Borussia) Dortmund, but I want to try him at No. 6 and No. 8."

NO IMPACT

The 25-year-old Japanese has struggled to make any impact at Man United since joining the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund in 2012.

He has made fewer than 40 appearances in the Premier League and has consistently been played out of position.

The Japanese star was fantastic for Dortmund in the Bundesliga as he helped them win the German league title and arrived at Man United with a lot of expectation.

However, his signing has not transpired the way everyone at the club would have hoped for.

He struggled to have much impact playing for David Moyes last season and looks set to be overlooked under van Gaal this season unless he changes his mindset. - Wire Services.