Van Gaal in dig at unsettled United ace.
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has criticised playmaker Shinji Kagawa for not obeying his tactical instructions in his side’s pre-season friendly matches this summer, according to ESPN.
The Red Devils boss is known for being strict on his players in an up-and-down career in top-level management, and Japanese international Kagawa appears to be the latest to feel his wrath after this stinging criticism of the player’s attitude.
The 24-year-old has been at Old Trafford for two seasons now after joining the club from Borussia Dortmund, where he had emerged as one of the best attacking midfielders in the Bundesliga, though it has been argued that he has not been used in his favoured number ten role since moving to United.
When asked about his use of Kagawa, van Gaal responded that he did not plan to use him in that position, which is currently taken up by Spanish playmaker Juan Mata, but that the player has not responded well to trying to adhere to new tactical instructions.
“Kagawa did not wish to fulfil my wishes, my philosophy when I played him in the United States,” the Dutchman explained.
“Kagawa was a No.10 at Dortmund but I want to try him at No. 6 and No. 8.”
Kagawa has been linked several times with an exit from United and these latest words do not bode well for his future at the club.