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28/11/2013 17:43, Report by A Marshall & S Bibby

Kagawa earns the plaudits

The Manchester United fans voted Shinji Kagawa as Man of the Match in the 5-0 destruction of Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.

The clever schemer was granted an opportunity to impress in his favoured central role and did not disappoint, helping to pull the strings in a record away triumph in the Champions League for the club.

MUTV pundits David May and Lee Sharpe sprung something of a surprise with a three-man shortlist of Kagawa, Antonio Valencia and Jonny Evans for the award despite the obvious claims of Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs, among others, in a fabulous team display.

"I've no complaints at all," said May of the result. "Maybe a few people may have different views to us two but Shinji was absolutely top drawer all night."

Sharpe agreed with the supporters' verdict, telling the official club TV channel: "He was really creative and entertaining to watch. He created chances and was great tonight."

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