August 2013Kagawa came on as a late substitute in the Community Shield victory over Wigan but then faced stiff competition for a first-team spot. David Moyes explained his absence was partly due to playing for Japan in the Confederations Cup over the summer, which meant he arrived back a week later than the rest of the squad.
The attacking midfielder missed United’s victory over Crystal Palace with a case of the 'flu but started against Bayer Leverkusen, Liverpool and West Brom as he looked to cement a regular place in Moyes’ starting XI.
Kagawa shone against Real Sociedad in the Champions League, putting in a man-of-the-match display as the Reds ran out 1-0 winners. His efforts were rewarded with another start in the following game, a 3-2 triumph over Stoke City.
Kagawa came on as a sub against Fulham and started the games against Real Sociedad and Arsenal. The highlight of the Japan international’s month, however, was his performance in the 5-0 success against Bayer Leverkusen, where he shone as a creative influence in midfield.