After having a successful 2011-2012 at Borussia Dortmund, Shinji Kagawa was one of the hottest properties in European football. Manchester United beat the likes of Arsenal, Madrid and Liverpool to the signing of Kagawa, which is credit to United’s chief executive David Gill.
In an exclusive interview for the official Manchester United website, Kagawa gave fans an insight into how he’s settling into life in Manchester and how he feels his Manchester United career has progressed so far.
He said: “I’m in a fantastic environment, training everyday with top players. I love playing at Old Trafford. I’m amazed by the atmosphere of the stadium”.
Kagawa has certainly become an instant star at Old Trafford with United fans quickly making up songs to the tune of Queen’s 1984 hit ‘Radio Ga Ga’ and ‘Jim’ll fix it’, not to everyones taste but in good faith regardless.
He continued: “We’ve managed many come-from-behind wins this season, which is very difficult. But if we go 1-0 down and then equalise, the unity between the supporters and players is incredible.”
Despite concentrating predominantly on his football, the Japanese superstar has also taken time out to learn English alongside David De Gea.
“I spend a bit of time with David De Gea because I take English classes with him,” Kagawa said. “I’m working hard to study English so that I can communicate better with my team-mates.
“For me, personally, the fact that an Asian player, Ji-Sung Park, played for the club had a big impact on me.”
Injuries have some what overshadowed Kagawa’s time at Old Trafford but despite some good performances, Kagawa is still highly critical over the way he plays in a United shirt.
He continued: “I’m not satisfied so far, but then I am always very critical of my own performances. I had to go through the frustrations that come with getting injured in my first season with the team.
“Now I am just doing my best to catch up on what I have missed.”
It’s clear to see that his mentality is one of the best at the club. As with a lot of Asian players, they are prepared to work harder and harder to become the best. He is also very sure about what he wants the club to achieve by the end of the season, and rightly so after a superb six months for United.
“A big club is expected to win every game and also to be the champions. So that’s definitely our goal,” he said.
“I’ll do my best to contribute to the team so that, come the end of the season, I can feel I’ve made a contribution to what will hopefully be a title win.”