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The Japanese playmaker shone in their Champions League win in midweek and most supporters are clamouring for the creative midfielder to be called upon from the start against Stoke

The verdict is out and it's clear: Shinji Kagawa has to start for Manchester United this weekend.

The Japanese star put in an impressive shift in the Red Devils' 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in the Champions League in midweek as he started, helping them to their second win in three games and to the top of Group A.

The 24-year-old was voted Man of the Match on the club's official website and Twitter account as he caught the eye with his quick thinking and intelligent play, leading to 72% of Goal Singapore readers voting that he should start against Stoke City this Saturday night.

David Moyes' men look like they have missed a creative outlet so far this season as they struggle in the league, where they sit eighth after having already lost three games out of eight. Kagawa's presence could be the answer to their woes, especially if he is deployed in his preferred central role behind the striker, although only around 20% of readers were concerned about where he should play if he starts.

Only an 8% minority feel Kagawa has still not done enough to convince, and most United supporters will pray that Moyes does not share the same sentiments come kick-off this Saturday at Old Trafford.

Poll of the day

After Kagawa's excellent display against Real Sociedad in the Champions League, should he start this weekend against Stoke?

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