by ‘Ifreke Inyang
New Manchester recruit, Shinji Kagawa, has expressed his delight at sealing a move to the club. The Japanese joined Alex Ferguson’s men from Borussia Dortmund for £17 million and says he is ready for the new challenge.
“I’m happy to be here and every day I’ll take the chance to improve myself and move further up,” Kagawa said. “It’s definitely the greatest challenge of my career and I hope to learn and improve every day.
“I’ve always said I have to improve my playing qualities; now I’ve been here a bit I can really feel the difference. It’s a top-level club and environment, and when the other internationals join us it will be even better.”
The former Cerezo Osaka player knows all about media attention in England. But he is confident that it will not be a problem for him.
“I definitely feel the attention of the media globally now. I’m a member of a great club at Manchester United,” Kagawa said. “I think I can handle the pressure and am pretty confident I can adapt to the style of the Premier League.”
“Everything here shows me it’s a really big club and it’s a great honour to play here. I want to really contribute by achieving concrete results.
“Language is very important to me. I’m very motivated to learn English; I hope I can learn it quickly so I can communicate with my team-mates very soon.”
Ferguson, however, is excited to have landed his new man, and hopes that he will have a similar impact, which led to Dortmund winning the league back to back.
“He can give us that bit extra in the final third of the field,” Ferguson said. “If his goal scoring record continues, he could be a very good player for us.
“He can start the first league game quite easily. I’ve got no problem with that. We shouldn’t be looking at one player changing the way we play but he could make a difference.”