£12million and 16 Manchester United appearances later, Japanese star Shinji Kagawa has failed to make his mark on the Premier League since his dream move from current German champions Borussia Dortmund last summer. Its probably fair to say the club still don’t know what Shinji’s best position is as of yet.
Injuries haven’t helped his case either, he faced a lengthy spell on the sidelines back in October due to a knee problem, and the differences between the Premier League and the Bundesliga will certainly take some getting used to.
Sir Alex has tipped Kagawa to come back better next season, and he’ll get used to the physical demands of English football.
“The difference in German and English football is that in Germany you can’t foul, it’s just foul after foul and you’re not allowed to touch anyone in Germany so he’s come from that environment to the Premier League which is totally different.” The boss said.
“There’s a physicality to our game which is different from Germany but next year he’ll be better.” He continued. “In the first half-hour against Madrid he was terrific and he was making some great runs through them. We thought that was going to be one of our biggest assets in the game. If people don’t see that, it’s actually unfair, but he did really well for us in the first half.”