Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has explained why Shinji Kagawa is not in his thoughts for a first team place.
The Japanese international had spoken ahead of the season of switching position to become a deep lying central midfielder, with Juan Mata the clear first choice.
Yet in his post-game press conference after the draw at Sunderland, Van Gaal suggested Kagawa had blown his pre-season audition.
He said, reported by ESPN: "Kagawa did not wish to fulfil my wishes, my philosophy when I played him in the United States."
It is the latest blow for the attacker as he enters his third year of a disappointing spell at United, since his 2012 switch from Borussia Dortmund.
Kagawa told ManUtd Japan earlier this month: "It has been seven or eight years since I played as a defensive midfielder, but the important thing is I do my best in whatever position I am asked to play in, I have to achieve results wherever I play.
"The boss told me to be mindful about the distance between defensive midfielders and to be more conscious of the choices I make when I receive the ball – in other words, how I should help build the attack."
It would not be a surprise to see Kagawa shipped out over the final week of the transfer window, with several European clubs linked over the past few months.
Van Gaal's latest comments only serve to push him closer to the exit door?
Can Kagawa bounce back or has he lost his chance?