MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Shinji Kagawa trained in the last two days but is still doubtful for Manchester United’s Champions League Group A opener against Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Kagawa has been battling with a virus, following his return from international duties with Japan and missed United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The midfield playmaker, who is yet to feature in the English Premier League (EPL) so far this season, is hoping for a speedy recovery and Manchester United manager David Moyes gave the latest updates and admits that Kagawa is feeling better.

“Shinji is still feeling down his throat and has a bit of ‘flu,” Moyes said on

“He came in and did a little bit yesterday and a little bit today. He’s feeling a bit better.”

Manchester United have been drawn in Group A of the Champions League alongside Tuesday’s opponents Leverkusen, Real Sociedad and Shakhtar Donetsk and Moyes revealed that his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson told him that it was a difficult draw for the EPL champions.

“After the draw, I phoned Sir Alex to talk about it, and he said he thinks it’s one of the hardest draws United have ever had in the Champions League,” Moyes said.

“If that’s coming from him, then it must be tough.”


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