I improve or I go: Shinji Kagawa believes his survival at Manchester United hangs in the balance

By Tim Hyde

Manchester United’s Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa says his performances needs to improve if he is to stay at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old joined United from Borussia Dortmund last season and showed glimpses of his true potential under previous Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Kagawa is yet to set the Premier League alight as he did in the Bundesliga, but the left-footed midfielder hopes he can continue to improve and earn a starting position.

After being substituted at half-time in United’s weekend defeat, fan favourite Kagawa said: “I have to take this like some kind of message (from the manager).”

“I need to improve more and more, or I cannot survive at this club.

“I have to take this in a positive way and keep trying to do my best.”

In United’s surprise defeat to West Bromwich Albion the Japanese International felt he could have made a meaningful contribution in the second-half as the game opened up.

“I thought that I would have been able to find some space to create the chances in the second half,” he added.

“In that sense I was disappointed. Sure, I wasn’t involved that much. I didn’t touch the ball enough but I was trying to be patient so I didn’t feel that bad.”

Kagawa is likely to feature in United’s midweek Champions League fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk and will have to influence the game significantly if United are to rectify their indifferent form.

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