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KAGAWA-WALKLONDON, August 25-Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has explained the reason for midfielder Shinji Kagawa’s absence from his starting line-up.

The 25-year-old featured in the first team during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, but has twice been an unused substitute, despite a lengthy injury list at Old Trafford.

When asked to explain the absence of the Japan international, Van Gaal hinted that Kagawa had been dropped due to a disagreement over his best position on the pitch.

The former Netherlands boss was hoping to deploy Kagawa in a more withdrawn midfield role, something which the player did not agree with.

Van Gaal said: “Kagawa did not wish to fulfil my wishes, my philosophy when I played him in the United States.

“Kagawa was a No.10 at [Borussia] Dortmund but I want to try him at No.6 and No.8.”

Kagawa joined the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund in July 2012 and made 30 appearances in all competitions last season.

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