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Moyes allows Kagawa further time off

Manchester United will be without Shinji Kagawa when they take on Kitchee FC in Hong Kong on Monday after David Moyes gave the midfielder more time off.

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Kagawa featured in June’s Confederations Cup but was rushed back to play a part in United’s pre-season fixtures in his native Japan.

However, after the 2-2 draw with Cerezo Osaka, when Kagawa both missed a penalty and scored, manager Moyes confirmed he would miss the next stage of their tour of Asia and Australia.

"We have given him more holiday because of his football with Japan in the summer," Moyes said in a press conference. "We try to give all the players four weeks' holiday if possible. He hasn't quite had that time so we will give him another week's rest, although he will do some more training with the club here so he can have that time at home in Japan."

Defender Jonny Evans is also set to miss the clash against Kitchee, with Moyes explaining: “Jonny has a bit of bone bruising in his foot and just felt it's not really improved that much. We don't want to take any chance with it.”

Summer signing Wilfried Zaha scored a late equaliser against Cerezo and Moyes was pleased with the newcomer’s contribution.

He told MUTV: “Wilfried has done well. He's done well in the games. He's quite quiet and still getting to know everybody. I think he's performed well. He's had an impact in the games. We just want to try and bring him along nicely.

“I think tonight will help him. He's showed players he can make things happen. At Manchester United we want all players to score goals and he's come up with an important goal in the last minute.”

Moyes is worried about the state of the pitch in Hong Kong after torrential rain affected the surface. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen was injured in their Barclays Asia Trophy match against Sunderland in the same stadium and Moyes hopes his players will escape unscathed.

"I do have concerns about the surface," he said. "It is mainly due to the weather. That is an act of God. We can't do anything about that, but we will travel to Hong Kong and hope the conditions improve and the pitch is in a better state than it has been in recently."

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