Still question marks hanging over England star’s future in the North-West.
Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that Shinji Kagawa is now ahead of Wayne Rooney in the pecking order at Old Trafford, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.
The England international has been the subject of intense speculation of late as to his where his future may lie, with the striker being heavily linked with a possible big-money move to Ligue 1 champions-elect Paris Saint-Germain come the end of the season.
And the Scot, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of United’s Premier League encounter with relegation-threatened Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Monday night, has done little to dampen down those rumours by suggesting that Japan international Kagawa is now a more effective operator in the ‘hole’ behind front man Robin van Persie.
The former Borussia Dortmund playmaker has five goals and four assists to his name in 17 top-flight appearances in what is his debut campaign with United, while Rooney has netted 12 times while laying on nine goals for team-mates in 24 Premier League games so far this campaign.
Either way, Ferguson has an embarrassment of attacking riches at his disposal.