Shinji Kagawa

Japanese international Shinji Kagawa feels he should be allowed to play on the left for United rather than being deployed in a central role as he is at present by manager David Moyes.

Since his move from Dortmund in 2012 Kagawa has been used to playing in a left midfield role, but after failing to get much playing time at the start of the season he now finds himself positioned behind the strikers in the middle of the pitch.

“I played behind the main striker at Dortmund, but I usually play on the left with Japan,” Kagawa told United Review.

“I should be flexible enough to play in a number of roles, so I am a more attractive player to the team and can contribute even more.

“Every day I am learning how to trouble my opponents on the left, how best to cause them problems with my movement. But I would still like to be capable of taking up more positions.”

Kagawa could have an important role in Saturdays match against Newcastle at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney out through suspension, and Robin van Persie doubtful.

United lost 0-1 to Everton on Wednesday, and should they lose at home to Newcastle it would mark the first time since 2002 that they will have lost two Premiership home games in succession.

A defeat against Newcastle is almost unthinkable given that the last time the Magpies had a win at Old Trafford was back in 1972, and while David Moyes knows his club must win if they want to keep up their defence of the title he also knows that the pressure will be on him should they lose.