Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa looked unfazed by dip in form or Manchester United’s turbulent and torrid run this season, as he celebrated his 25th birthday on Monday in a jubilant mood, by posing for a picture next to a cake featuring a model of him in his United kit and emblazoned with the club and Japanese FA badges.

The former Dortmund playmaker, who joined United in the summer of 12, has struggled to break into David Moyes’ stuttering team in this campaign, and he was an unused substitute for a shambolic United side that was humiliated 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday by Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.

The demoralising defeat, which has drawn criticisms from Red Devils’ fans globally, has piled huge pressure on underfire boss Moyes, and a fan recently branded his style of play a “stone age football”.

Kagawa’s role became extinct since the arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea in January, and he will be hoping to get a chance to help United cross an insurmountable hurdle, as they face Olympiacos in a make or break Champions League last 16 second-leg tie at home tomorrow.

First leg ended 2-0 in the Greeks’ favour, and United must win and win well, to progress to the quarter-finals which is almost a mirage.


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