Moyes waiting on Kagawa
Manchester United manager David Moyes is sweating over the availability of Shinji Kagawa for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle.
With Wayne Rooney suspended for the visit of the Magpies, Moyes will be hoping to have the Japan international available, but he was struck down by illness immediately after Wednesday’s home defeat to Everton and is a doubt for the weekend.
“Shinji has a sickness bug,” said Moyes. “We need to see how he is on Saturday but he wasn’t too good after the game.”
Robin Van Persie has missed United’s last three games because of groin and toe problems and Moyes turned coy when pressed on his fitness.
“You can ask, that doesn’t mean I will answer,” Moyes told reporters at United’s Aon training complex.
“Like every club we have a few injuries. Some have a chance and some don’t.”
United’s 12 match unbeaten run came to an end on Wednesday when Everton picked up their first victory at Old Trafford since 1992. The loss was United’s fourth of the season and they now find themselves 12 points behind league leaders Arsenal.
Moyes has endured a baptism of fire since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, but he is hopeful his side can respond in the appropriate way.
“It’s football isn’t it?” he said. “It can happen at any club and it has happened here.
“I hoped it wouldn’t but it has.
“It was our first defeat in 13 games. Now I hope we can do something very similar in the coming games.
“I think I saw a response in the game. We weren’t that bad that I felt we needed a big response.
“People who watched the game – they would have got lots of belief from it.
“There were chances in the game we didn’t take. It could quite easily have been very different.
“Unless you are someone who doesn’t understand the game too much you would have seen that.
“These are good players. They have been here before. They know what is expected of them. They will do the right things.”