Borussia Dortmund fans launch 'free Shinji' online campaign

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa in action during a friendly match against Yokohama F.Marinos on July 23, 2013
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Borussia Dortmund fans create a 'free Shinji Kagawa' campaign on Twitter, hitting out at Manchester United for keeping the midfielder on the bench.

A hoard of Borussia Dortmund supporters have created a campaign on Twitter attempting to convince the club to re-sign Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa.

The Japan international played no part in United's goalless draw with Chelsea last night, prompting Dortmund fans to launch the online movement.

The hashtag #freeshinji spread on the social networking website, with a mocked up image of the 24-year-old standing behind prison bars, according to

Kagawa signed for the Red Devils from the Bundesliga last summer.

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa shoots to score the opening goal against Norwich on March 2, 2013
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