PICTURE: Why Shinji Kagawa is loved by everyone

by Tom Parker

kagawa-kid1Shinji Kagawa has settled down well at Manchester United in his debut season. He hasn’t blown the Premier League away but he has more than impressed since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

Kagawa is renowned in Europe for his cultured style of play as well as his ability to make things happen in the tightest of spaces but he showed his equally as cultured side off the pitch recently by enjoying a game of football with a local kid who had been asking him for a game since last Christmas, a wish Kagawa was more than happy to oblige.

A post from the 24-year-old playmaker said: “I played soccer with a child friend the other day; this kid had been asking me to play football with me for a Christmas present since last year, I was finally able to make it come true.

“It was only meant to be 15 minutes but as soon as I started kicking the ball I couldn’t finish straight away. In the end my friend’s family all joined and we ended up playing a mini-game for an hour.

“That night I was invited to their home, we ate and played with the kids. It’s a good English lesson for me and the kids are so cute, I had such a fun time; I want to make lots of friends in Manchester.”

Anecdotes like this make it obvious why Dortmund fans still chant his name and it isn’t hard to see why he was so loved out there. He is a really genuine person and that comes across in his persona and approach to the game.

Despite enduring an up-and-down start to the season, he fared notably better during the second half of the season with his goal against West Brom his sixth of the campaign – not bad considering he missed a sizeable chunk of the year due to a knee injury added to the fact that he has played the majority of his games out of position on the left hand side.

The diminutive midfielder looks set to play a pivotal role in the 2013/14 campaign with many expecting David Moyes to utilize Kagawa in his prefered position behind the striker where he can make a greater and more lasting impact on the game.

Incoming boss Moyes used goalscoring midfielders such as Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini to devastating effect during his time at Everton and given Kagawa’s prolific record for Dortmund, it could prove to be a match made in heaven.

It’s always nice to see footballers interacting with fans in an era where they are frequently criticized for being ‘too distant from the fans – and long may it continue. Nicely done Kagawa.

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