Shinji Kagawa might not have started his Manchester United career in the same blistering fashion as Robin van Persie but the Japanese playmaker has certainly had his moments.
In Asia, he is a superstar. This week, Kagawa appeared in an interview, featured on Bing.com, and the Japanese playmaker had a number of interesting things to say about his time at Old Trafford.
Since his £12 million switch from Borussia Dortmund, Kagawa has been impressive despite spending two months in the treatment room this season, scoring twice in ten appearances, while operating from an unfamiliar position on the left side of midfield.
Kagawa appears to have found his feet at United having started the last two league games and has contributed plenty to the side.
Speaking in Japanese for the interview, here are the main points Kagawa discussed:
On the club…
“United has got a very great history, there are lots and lots of experienced players here.”
On the players…
“They always make sure they get the right result in every game, and it’s really great to be working with these players at this club.”
On his time at the club so far…
“I’m just trying to be part of that, but it’s been frustrating because of my injury, so I’m not completely satisfied just yet.”
On the pressure at United…
“There’s a lot of pressure around the place, so I know how important it is to stay strong mentally but I always try to do my bit for the team and help with the result.”
“Sir Alex doesn’t say much about our attitude but he always says to enjoy the match and enjoy playing.”
The midfielder could prove to be a key player for the remainder of the season. Kagawa certainly has an eye for a goal and offers something genuinely unique when played from the left. While he doesn’t offer a great deal of width, he certainly has an eye for a defence splitting pass and his dribbling is almost Andres Iniesta like.
It is in the Champions League where Kagawa could become pivotal to United. He offers something different when played out wide, and is a viable alternative to Wayne Rooney as he looks right at home in the slot behind the striker, where he will no doubt get plentiful opportunities to influence games from the middle.