It hasn’t taken long for Shinji Kagawa to win over Manchester United fans. His impact has been instantaneous in the side and despite not having the best of form in the past couple of games, it is obvious how important he will be this season.
His smart movement, sharp passing and commitment have brought a dynamic fluidity to United’s attack that have helped us score 17 goals already this campaign.
Having scored Japan’s only goal in a famous 1-0 friendly victory against France this week, the international break is proving to be a positive one for Kagawa and speaking after the game, he was keen to quash any links to him moving away from Old Trafford so soon after arriving.
Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, Kagawa said: “I have never thought about Barcelona or Madrid.
“Paris are a great team that will continue to grow this season. It is also a very nice city, but I am focused 100 per cent on life in Manchester. You never know what the future will hold.
“I am now a Manchester United player and the fans and my team-mates expect more from me.”
“Since arriving in Manchester I have had to watch my behaviour on and off the pitch. In Japan and Dortmund I didn’t have so much pressure.
“Three years ago I couldn’t have imagined evolving so quickly and being at a great club like Manchester United. It is proof that you never know what can happen.”
It has been an extremely fast few seasons for Kagawa. This time three years ago he was playing for Cerezeo Osaka in the J League but he is now one of Manchester United’s main men.
At the tender age of 23, he is far from the finished product and those that outrageously claimed Kagawa was simply signed as a shirt seller are now eating their humble pie. He is no doubt one of Europe’s finest talents and with United putting in their best performance against Newcastle, it won’t be long until we see the best from Kagawa too.