“I didn’t score that much and I also had my injury. Despite that, it was great we won the league – I just don’t feel that I achieved everything that I wanted. For me personally, it wasn’t a good season.” Shinji Kagawa
Shinji Kagawa is hoping for a vast improvement in his second season after a mixed first year at Manchester United.
The £17 million signing from an all-conquering Borussia Dortmund side had his fair share of good performances in his maiden campaign, the highlight of which was a hat-trick in early March against Norwich.
A final tally of eight goals and eight assists could be considered a success, especially when a two month lay-off due to an ankle injury which curtailed his progress is factored into the equation.
But Kagawa has vowed to improve next term in a season where he has been tipped by many to shine.
“It was a tough time for me with a lot going on in my head,” Shinji told the official Barclays Premier League website.
“I am not happy with my performance for the team at all.
“I didn’t score that much and I also had my injury. Despite that, it was great we won the league – I just don’t feel that I achieved everything that I wanted. For me personally, it wasn’t a good season.”
Next year could be a defining year for Kagawa. Incoming boss David Moyes typically used goal-scoring midfielders such as Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini as the focal point of his teams and Kagawa has a real eye for goal, illustrated by his impressive tally for Dortmund (29 goals in 71 appearances from midfield).
Despite his dissatisfaction at his own performances, Kagawa remained insistent that he is happy to play wherever he is placed and won’t become disheartened despite playing in a position where his effectiveness is somewhat limited.
“I always think that I must play well,” Kagawa continued.
“And I always have an image in my mind of how I want to play, wherever the position. Whenever there is a tough time, whenever it gets difficult for me, I just train and look ahead to the future.”
Kagawa was often shoe-horned into a position on the left of midfield in an Andres Iniesta-type role and while he had an impact from out wide, there is little doubting that the diminutive playmaker does his best work from the middle. He is expected to feature there more often next year after a stellar finish culminating in a third title in three years for Kagawa.