In an exclusive comment for Goal, the Guam NT coach and FA Elite License holder discusses the star's controversial lack of playing time under David Moyes at Old Trafford
By Gary White | Guam NT Coach
The current situation regarding Shinji Kagawa's playing time at Manchester United, one of the largest football clubs on the planet, is a hot topic. I feel it presents a fantastic opportunity for Kagawa to grow and develop as a player and person, and it could be seen as his defining moment when history casts its judgement on the young Samurai Blue star.
It's always tough for players when there is a coaching change and transition of staff, as the people who believed in you and decided to purchase you have gone, and with them their coaching and playing philosophy and promises.
I believe that if Kagawa can turn it around, this experience could assist his Japan team-mates in Brazil next year; he will have further developed his ability to find solutions for overcoming tough times. This extra confidence could allow him to take a larger leadership role for the national team.
Its easy for us outsiders to support either the coach's or player's side in this type of situation, depending on who's camp you are in, but only the coach and player truly understands the entirety of the situation.
Now it's up to Kagawa to solidify his place in the squad by outperforming those team-mates that currently and potentially stand in his way. Mr. Moyes, like all top coaches, is in a result-orientated business and needs to begin collecting points; if Kagawa can shine right now it will go a long way toward creating a closer bond with the head coach.
When his time comes, which I feel will be soon, Kagawa's performance should give his coach no options but to continue to start him. He must then be consistent week in and week out, which we all know he is capable of accomplishing. He must confront and overcome this adversity quickly!
The secret will be in his mental approach: Kagawa cannot take the role of a victim, but instead must drive on with purpose and use the fact he is not currently in favour to fuel his desire to achieve.
When Kagawa does break into Mr. Moyes' team, the experience will be a priceless contribution to the future of his career. However, If this saga does continue, there will be no shortage of interest from major clubs come the next transfer window.
Gary White is the coach of Guam's national team and one of 16 coaches to hold the English FA's Elite Coaching License. Read our exclusive interview with him and his column on elite football management, and follow him on Twitter at @GaryJWhiteTD