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Kagawa: I Go To English Lessons With De Gea

Shinji Kagawa has revealed that his closest friends at the club are Alexander Büttner and David de Gea.

“I talk a lot with Alexander Büttner, who’s also in his first season with the team,” he told the official site. “We have that in common. Also, I spend a bit of time with David De Gea because I take English classes with him. I’m working hard to study English so I can communicate better with my team-mates.”

Kagawa’s season has been disrupted by injuries and being played out of position, so he’s not happy with his contribution so far, but is working hard in training so that we can see the best from him.

“I’m not satisfied so far, but then I am always very critical of my own performances,” he added. “Even worse, though, I got injured. I had to go through the frustrations that come with getting injured in my first season with the team. Now I’m just doing my best to catch up on what I have missed. There’s a lot of pressure when you play for this club, but all I can do at the moment is keep working hard every day to bring out the best in me. I’m confident my hard work will pay off.”

Kagawa has insisted for this season to be considered a success we have to win the league.

“A big club is expected to win every game and also to be the champions,” he said. “So that’s definitely our goal. I’ll do my best to contribute to the team so that, come the end of the season, I can feel I’ve made a contribution to what will hopefully be a title win.”

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  1. Toms says:

    Kagawa is going to turn out to be the best signing this season. Mark my words over time we’re going to appreciate finally having a creative midfielder to replace Scholes.

  2. medumtum says:

    A thoroughly unique talent. Just hope we figure out the best position for him without having to disturb the synergy that Van Persie and Rooney are developing. Perhaps alternating positions and the fluid front four we used so successfully in the past is the answer. Or maybe plain rotation. Do feel he is a little under utilized at the moment. Still feel he hasn’t quite gotten up to the pace of the premier league either, certainly fades in the second half. He was the creative force in a Dortmund side that kept Munich at bay.

    In other news looks like Fellaini will feature against us after all. Shouldve known.

  3. chicaole says:

    gotta love that picture

  4. Andromeda says:

    A better language means a better ammunication which always means a better performance.but obviously despite all of the language barrier the lad has enough talent that will allow him to get a telepathic body language communication, we have seen that against Southampton when he gave that magical pass to Rooney.
    In my opinion that is natural position for Shingi, to play directly behind the strikers.he has got a Modric like style of play plus a bit of David Silva vision, with more experience and physique acquisition he will certainly yield into a world class player.

  5. Andromeda says:

    A better language means a better communication which always means a better performance.but obviously despite all of the language barrier the lad has enough talent that will allow him to get a telepathic body language communication, we have seen that against Southampton when he gave that magical pass to Rooney.
    In my opinion that is natural position for Shingi, to play directly behind the strikers.he has got a Modric like style of play plus a bit of David Silva vision, with more experience and physique acquisition he will certainly yield into a world class player.

  6. AlphaRS says:

    That picture shows no class at all.

  7. Doghouse says:

    He’s a brilliant signing. Sometimes I watch him and he looks like one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen in our shirt. The things he does, his ability to retain the ball and pick a pass in the opposition area, it’s a skillset I don’t think we’ve really seen at United before, we typically favour players who’ll stick the ball in the onion bag or at least try to in that position, rather than serving it up to somebody else. Berbatov had a little of that, but I think Kagawa does it better. It’s a bit of a shame that the two aren’t here together.

    He’s one of the most exciting players we’ve got right now, because nobody knows what he’s going to do next. I mean The Van Persie, we know what he’s going to do, goals. Chicharito too, we know what he’s going to do, just not how or with which part of his anatomy. Kagawa on the other hand is a man of mystery. That boy has got some moves on him.

  8. Jason gerrard says:

    It’s nice to know that our foreign speaking players are learning to speak English, so they don’t wind up in a scarface teves situation,that clown still can’t read the names on his teammates shirts.

  9. Red4ever says:

    I hope his girlfriend goes to classes as well she is a delight to watch ,,,,, ameri ichinose wow anybody knows what she does,, well she is a porn star

  10. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Morning reds. Zaha did alright in his Crystal Palace debut. Be nice to have a player to runs at the defense and picks up loads of free kicks close in. Now we just have to sort our who will take them ;)

    Red4ever. Not to sure about that rumor. Heard it wasn’t true actuall. I know it’s all over the place, but not in anyplace reputable. Cheers

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Obviously didn’t mean ‘debut’ in the usual sense, but in the sense of a game post signing with united.

  12. Proverb says:

    Sir Alex has hit out at the Premier League and Sky for the rescheduling of the Everton game. ‘There’s no fairness at all.’ ‘It’s ridiculous to think that we play on Sunday and Real Madrid play on Saturday with that extra day’s rest. We’re not giving our teams a chance to be successful in Europe. Leagues in other countries make sacrifices for their teams.
    ‘It’s nothing to do with the FA, it’s the Premier League. They agreed a contract with TV and they’re in control. It’s pointless complaining about these things all the time.’

    Haters everywhere

  13. FletchTHEMAN says:

    One more point about Kagawa’s rumored love interest.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but does anyone and evidence whatsoever that Kagawa actually has has a steady girlfriend?

    A photo of the 2 together
    An interview with either of the parties saying they are an item.
    Even a quote from someone that they were together for a nice dinner with friends???

    Might be a start… :roll:

  14. gingergod says:

    I’m pretty sure Kagawa doesn’t even know he has a pornstar girlfriend in the interenet hahaha

  15. Red4ever says:

    Well they should be together ,,,,at least she is the only one I think who can make sir alex blush with her performance ,,jokes apart

    Sir alex told that he will play a different team against everton and real madrid I think we will give rest to our best players tomorrow but should not lose the match by doing that ,,,,coz our last five or six games of the season conclude shitty ,,chelsea ,, and arsenal ,,so its important to protect our advantage till then coz anything can happen ,,,,hope we beat everton GGMU !!!!!

  16. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Actually it’s a killer week. We have 3 games in 7 days. 2 critical to keeping in cup competitions that we want to stay in. Hate saying that Everton is the toss out game, but can absolutely see Sir Alex’s side of it.

    Still, like our schedule better than Madrids. They play Barca and us a total of 5 times over 4 weeks. Take Hahaha!

    Sir Alex, thou doth protest too much. ;)

    Should be a cracking week. This is why we are in football lads. :twisted:

  17. DreadedRed says:

    Captain Nemanja Vidic on David De Gea:

    “I think it’s hard for David because Edwin van der Sar was here for many years and set a high standard. Edwin was an experienced goalkeeper and it’s hard to replace him. David is a young goalkeeper, he’s 21. He’s maybe made one or two mistakes but that’s normal, everyone does that. I think people should have more understanding for that. David’s had some great games and I’m sure the more games he plays, the better he will become, no doubt.”

    It is a gamble having a keeper that is learning on the job. I’d suggest that gamble hasn’t cost us this season. Some might say that he cost us last season’s title, but there was far more to it than that. He cannot be blamed for us being hammered by city at OT, and that game more than any other cost us the League. After they beat us so convincingly, many other PL teams were so in awe that they capitulated before kick-off.

  18. MansionOfTheReds says:

    Best news of the week.

    long may he play and prosper

  19. iced earth says:

    great news
    hope rio will sign too

  20. DreadedRed says:

    Sir Alex said: “It will be different teams. The team on Sunday will not be the same as the team that plays on Wednesday. I trust the squad of players I have. They are all internationals, they are all good players and there is no reason why I can’t play them. They’re all contributing in their own way and that gives us a better chance of dealing with the various competitions we’re in.”

    Re the England v Brazil game: “I was happy for Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling to play full games at Wembley because they have not had a lot of football anyway. In fairness, Roy Hodgson was quite fair with us in terms of who played a full game and who played parts. He did that with us all, particularly the teams playing in Europe.”

    Re Scholes: “Paul has a little bit of a knee injury. He has missed the last couple of games. He started training on Thursday and should be okay next week.”

  21. Proverb says:

    Sir alex is right, this fixture has been improperly scheduled for us, and the tv schedule aswell gives the lad no chance if at all
    Sunday evening kick-off two days rest then a flight to spain fuck it

  22. iced earth says:

    team vs everton

    de gea
    jones smalling vidic evra
    valencia carrick ando nani


  23. iced earth says:

    team vs madrid

    rafa rio evans evra
    young carrick tom kagawa



  24. Proverb says:

    My ideal line-up vs everton:

    —————-de gea

    Rafael — smalling —- evans—-buttner

    –nani—-carrick —-anderson– young–


    Fuck madrid this game is as important as it ever been, those blue moon scouses think they’re level in quality after taking a few points in our last couple of games. I myself consider the league games more so than the energy sucking champions league encounters, the 9 point league should be kept or increased as I don’t want a repeat of last season’s happenings, rooney, rvp, rio, nani are all fine to play 2 games in 4 days

  25. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Anyone have proper link to the text of the current EPL tv contracts?

    Do clubs HAVE to agree to changed game times? I always thought Clubs were “asked” and could turn it down.

  26. iced earth says:

    agree with you
    i think everton game is more important than madrid
    we must bring our trophy back

  27. Mitch Kramer says:

    @iced earth – funny that kompany used the word ‘jackpot’ when describing rvp signing with us. i’d equate hitting the jackpot with hundreds of millions in new owner oil money being pumped into an otherwise lackluster club. i dont think a world class striker choosing to play at the biggest club in the world, instead of their small time cross town rivals, is anything like hitting the jackpot. maybe a better term than jackpot would be ‘common sense’…

  28. MansionOfTheReds says:

    Why do so many people approach the champions league with the attitude that is not add important as the epl? What does united have left to prove in England? Nothing. We’be beaten everything that every team has thrown at us. Its only in Europe that we haven’t as many as a team of our size and history should have.even SAF agrees. The league had reasonable breathing space now,so we should take this opportunity to beat real in Madrid and send message out to all the remaining European teams. We mean business this time round.

  29. denton davey says:

    ” A moment later, Martin Atkinson brings his whistle to his lips. And it’s all over! A fantastic win for Southampton, a shocking, comedy performance from Manchester City.”

    C’mon, nothing wrong with TheSheikh’s project at TheWasteLands that another billion (or two) won’t fix.

  30. c.megalodon says:

    I wonder what they are learning at English classes with that picture o.O

  31. c.megalodon says:

    It also says he hangs around with DDG. I wonder how they communicate if they both can hardly speak the same language o.O


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