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After a superb display against Bayer Leverkusen in Manchester United's 5-0 romp, our readers feel the Japanese playmaker should feature - but only in the number 10 role

It was the first time Shinji Kagawa started a game behind the main striker. And what a performance he gave, as Manchester United ripped Bayer Leverkusen apart in a 5-0 rout on Thursday morning in the Champions League.

Having made his name as a "number 10" with Borussia Dortmund, the Japanese playmaker has largely been shunted out to the left wing since moving to Old Trafford. This is partly because the Red Devils adopt a 4-4-2 system, and also, Wayne Rooney is usually the man to occupy that role behind Robin van Persie.

But the 24-year-old playmaker offers a different impact to Rooney and he showed it to devastating effect in Germany while, ironically, playing behind the England striker in the "hole".

United's opener came about as a result of Kagawa disposessing an opponent before immediately charging at goal, showing quick thinking to slip the ball to Giggs alongside him. The 40-year-old found Rooney on the left, who placed a perfect ball for Antonio Valencia to slide in at the far post.

The Japan international reveled in his role throughout the match as he linked up well with Rooney and Giggs. Kagawa ran at the heart of Leverkusen's defence every time he had the opportunity to do so, with his sleight of feet and intuitive passing tormenting his opponents. An immediate first-time through pass to Rooney, who then set up Chris Smalling for the fourth, was the perfect example.

It is thus no wonder that Goal Singapore readers have clamoured for him to start United's upcoming game against Tottenham on Sunday, with 50% voting for him to feature in the starting line-up - but only if he is deployed in the number 10 role. 45.8% think he should still start anyway, while the remaining 4.2% feel he should not. 

With Robin van Persie set to return, manager David Moyes will be faced with a selection dilemma. Furthermore, the physicality in the Premier League is more evident than the Bundesliga, which the Scot will have to take into consideration.

Either way though, Kagawa appears to have proven that he thrives in a more central role.

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