Shinji Kagawa has paid his own respects to Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of what is going to be his last ever match in charge of Manchester United on Sunday.
The Japanese international has not had an incredible first season but he has slowly started to adapt to the Premier League and we have seen glimpses of the real Kagawa at points, most notably his wonderful hat-trick against Norwich City.
And ahead of West Brom, Kagawa has admitted he wished he could of played for longer under a ‘magnetic’ Sir Alex Ferguson.
“He communicates well with his players and respects them. As the season went on, I got to communicate with him more, both on football and other subjects. That was important.
“He is a friendly person and his spirit is much younger than his age. I think that’s because of his achievements over the years, and also his personality.
“I wish I could have played much longer under him. What he has achieved for the club is tremendous – he is in a class of his own.”
You won’t hear a bad word said against Sir Alex Ferguson from any of his players and that is a testament to just how wonderful a man manager he was. Everybody felt comfortable playing under him and he brought the best out of players, even those in tough new surroundings like Kagawa.
And there are certainly signs that Kagawa is finding his feet in Manchester. The 24-year-old, who has been shy and reserved all season, let loose on the trophy parade and looked as happy as a kid in a sweet shop on the stage in Albert Square when Ferdinand started a ‘ohhhh, Shinji Kagawa’ chant.
Big things are expected of him next year. David de Gea settled this season and earned himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year and hopefully Kagawa can repeat the feat. They are both close friends and have been taking English classes together so there is no better person to learn from than de Gea about settling in at United.