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All we need is Shinji Kagawa

All we need is Shinji Kagawa

How strange it is to be watching Manchester United treat the closing weeks of a season as a sandbox rather than a run-in. With their every trophy-hunting hope having been dashed by mid-April all that is now left for David Moyes is a period of extended limbo, ripe for experimentation. The products of this tinkering [...]

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VIDEO: Kagawa goal vs New Zealand

“It really had been a while,” Kagawa told reporters when asked about playing from the beginning. “But I still had to play well and earn a good result whether I started or came off the bench. Shinji Kagawa scored one and assisted another in Japan’s 4-2 win over New Zealand. “I didn’t feel as strong [...]

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STATS: How do our wingers compare?

STATS: How do our wingers compare?

As the Moyes regime begins to take shape, it is a time for United fans to reminisce and remember the good times. Now, we all know the title race isn’t over and a new manager needs time to settle, but the retirement of Fergie himself was the final stage of the clubs transition; one that [...]

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Shinji Kagawa – Functional, Efficient and Beautiful

“Our goal is to try to bring a calm and simplicity to what are incredibly complex problems so that you’re not aware really of the solution, you’re not aware of how hard the problem was that was eventually solved.” – Jonathan Ive As with any sport, football lends itself to classification. There’s a pleasing definition [...]

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VIDEO: Kagawa’s goal vs Uruguay

Shinji Kagawa scored in Japan’s 4-2 defeat against Uruguay yesterday.

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VIDEO: Kagawa and Zaha’s goals vs Cerezo Osaka

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Smalling: I got mobbed picking up Kagawa

Speaking in Japan, Chris Smalling revealed how much of a star Shinji Kagawa is in his own country. “Shinji’s a massive icon in Japan,” he told the official site. “Me and Ashley Young picked him up on the way over to an event on Monday morning and as soon as we got out of the [...]

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Kagawa: I’m very happy with decision to join United

Shinji Kagawa’s former club, Borussia Dortmund, played in the Champions League final this year, but he insists he has no regrets about leaving them for us. “I felt very proud to see them in the final and I was excited. It was good for them,” he said. “But I don’t feel I made the wrong [...]

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Kagawa: I am half satisfied

Shinji Kagawa is looking forward to starting the 2013-2014 season and showing people what he is really capable of. Last season, despite showing flashes of brilliance, injuries and being played out of position meant we didn’t get to see Kagawa consistently at his best. Next season, thanks to hard work, he hopes to end the [...]

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Kagawa: I didn’t achieve what I wanted in first season at United

Shinji Kagawa’s first season at United didn’t go as well as anyone expected, particularly after he had reached great heights whilst playing for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. He picked up a lengthy injury early on in the season and after that spent any playing time he did get out of position, mainly on the [...]

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Kagawa’s Display in the Confederations Cup

Kagawa’s Display in the Confederations Cup

Jurgen Klopp, the exuberent Borussia Dortmund manager, said that it broke his heart to see his former charge, Shinji Kagawa, shunted out to the left-wing for Manchester United. He felt Kagawa was far more effective in the hole, as a deep-lying striker. In the number 10 role. Last night, in an extraordinary, breathless match between [...]

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VIDEO: Kagawa’s goal against Italy

Shinji Kagawa put Japan 2-0 up against Italy last night in the Confederations Cup before his country went on to lose 4-3. “At 2-0 up we felt there were some chances for us but it was psychologically hard for us,” he said. “Finally we had the late blow of their winner and so we are [...]

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Buttner Explains Kagawa’s Gangnam Style Singing

Buttner Explains Kagawa’s Gangnam Style Singing

Alexander Buttner has explained why there was footage of Shinji Kagawa singing “Gangham Style” over the microphone at Rio Ferdinand’s Rosso restaurant. “At United, it is usual that you sing a song or hold a speech when you’re new,” he said. “I had a little talk about my first positive experiences at the club, but [...]

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STATS: Our midfielders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

STATS: Our midfielders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

Passing – Arteta has made more successful passes than any other player this season (2517), followed by Carrick (2443) and Yaya Toure (2246). – Arteta has averaged a higher number of passes per game than any other player this season (80.9), followed by Toure (78.9) and Carrick (77.1). These three are separated by at least [...]

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STATS: Season review – The midfield

STATS: Season review – The midfield

- Our most accurate passer in midfield is Scholes (92.4%), followed by Cleverley (90.2%) and Kagawa (89.7%). – Our most accurate midfield passer in the attacking half is Scholes (90%), followed by Cleverley and Kagawa (85%). – Kagawa has more touches of the ball than any other player in midfield (1.32 per minute), followed by [...]

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