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Kagawa: I Haven’t Been Good Enough Yet

Since signing from the Borussia Dortmund in the summer, Shinji Kagawa has shown flashes of brilliance, but we’ve yet to find a way of fitting him in to the team.

Kagawa has acknowledged that he hasn’t been at his best yet but he is focussing on the positives.

“To be honest, I don’t believe I have yet cemented my place (in the team),” Kagawa told Kyodo News. “There is not one game that I can be satisfied with the way I played over the 90 minutes. I still feel I need more time to adapt. It is fate for any player that plays for a big club and I am trying to draw on the positives. I need to communicate better so I can get my timing right when asking for the ball and things like that. But more importantly I need to push and show my strengths. You gain trust when you deliver results.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. WeAreUnited says:

    Kagawa we have all our faith in you, and you will not disappoint us!! that’s for sure.

    Let’s just hope we can use your strenght in a way that doesn’t effect you play.

    You are a star!

  2. Blinky says:

    He is a quality footballer. To be honest I feel like we’ve let him down in some ways, it’s not like we’re playing scintillating stuff now, is it? This lad offers unique creative qualities to the squad and will be part of our starting XI without doubt.

  3. Proverb says:

    Off topic

    I asw your post on the other thread, oh man I can tell you that movie was awesome
    My fav quotes

    Bryan : I don’t know who you are. I don’t know wh
    at you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can
    tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have
    are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acq
    uired over a very long career. Skills that make me
    a nightmare for people like you. If you let my dau
    ghter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not loo
    k for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I
    will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.
    Marko: [after a long pause] Good luck.

    Now surely going to watch TAKEN 2

  4. Proverb says:

    And will never wish my enemies good luck, not after that movie, I don’t wanna end up dead

    The great part is the movie ended after he killed the sheikh, its like killing shitty free spending scums lol

  5. Proverb says:

    As for kags he need not to worry, everyone loves him here he’s a quality footballer who the club is still trying to find the best role to play him
    There’s no doubt he will flourish, its up to him to work other and try learn english as fast as he can as that will help in understanding with the rest of the lads which could bare fruits once they start understanding eachother

    Understanding with the lads except the gingerprince, paul already miles ahead of everyone as always, he’s the only one kags seem to infer with which is surprising cause I didn’t know he knew japanese ;) lol

  6. Proverb says:

    Work harder*

  7. Urmston red Hamiltino says:

    You’ll get there soon mate. Keep doing what your doing.
    I can see him playing where welbred played against stoke. Part of an Interchanging forward line with tony v providing the width.

    Some players aren’t going to play too much this season. Chico, nani, young would all fetch decent money in the summer. I think fergie may have a Massive dilemma to sell or to introduce another flock of fledglings.

  8. wayne says:

    Yeah the lads are playing shit football only banged in 21 goals in 8 games,wonder what will happen when the team becomes scintillating 5 goals a game 6 ?.As Utd fans we might not like the chances been given up but are producing very entertaining football ffs

  9. Costas says:

    Can’t say I disagree with him.

  10. Daniel says:

    hard to excel in a team that has a midfield that cannot move

  11. WeAreUnited says:



    Taken 1 was awesome mate. Liked every bit of that movie.

    Taken 2, you will be disappointed man! very much. It has those quotes, but it just didn’t cut for me . Maybe you will like it more :P

    PS: I laugh, when people defend players by slagging the other. For example someone called Chicha bad, just to defend Welbz.

    Same goes with Nani. They always slag him by saying Valencia is way better.

    I understand that both of my comparisons play the same position. But why slag the other. They are United’s players. Anyway.

    I have done my job trying to tell someone else why this guy should play etc. Now I will concentrate commenting our gameplay, and if someone pourisesh then I will praise him. Period.


  12. Ryandunny says:

    Think Kagawa is being harsh on himself. Thought he was outstanding on his debut against Everton. He has been bullied though in some games, particularly against Dembele and against Newcastle. However, he’s still adjusting to the physicality of the league, but I’ve no doubt he’ll shine. Biggest problem is finding a way to have him in the team along with Rooney and Van Persie. If those three can link up together, we’ll have another famous United trio.

    On another note, I haven’t been divulging into ROM’s comments recently, but had a glance yesterday after the match. The sheer amount of negativity was incredible. It felt relentlessly bleak. I’ve found United to be good value for entertainment this season, which has been left wanting in previous years. We are shipping a lot of goals and hopefully when defenders come back that will cease, but I’m enjoying how United are playing at the moment. This team is filled with goals and quality. Sort out the defense and United will win the league, no question.

  13. utd_fc says:

    Scott, you wanna shine some light on this?? Maybe garner enough press attention to get that Mendes cunt out of this

  14. WeAreUnited says:

    wow what kind of bull of shitty that story is.

    DeGea going back. yes maybe someday, you never know like they like to say, but now?

    In madrid I think never, Barcelona? well when you consider Valdes is the goalie, someday maybe :D

    but stop this nonsense, the media is crazy. and let’s not create another stupid conversation. He will not leave.

    stupid media.

  15. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Kagawa has some way to go to establish himself. He knew the difficulties he’d face at united and the premier league. Needs to stand up to the challenge. Physically, he’s getting bullied out of games and seems to struggle with the intensity for 90mins. These are things that can be rectified though, ability wise though he’s technically very good but needs time and patience in order to adapt.

  16. utd_fc says:


    Considering he’s ex-Atletico i’d expect him to have a bit more pride than that, but then you have that cunt Aguero sucking Madrid’s cock for a contract and it makes me have doubts.

  17. samuel - united WE stand says:

    One thing i don’t get is, whenever players aren’t getting a regularly playing, the ridiculous speculation starts but it seems to have escaped the minds of many, especially journalists is the little fact that united potentially play loads of games in a season, the squad would be utilised as well as it can be. Every player, from rooney to hernandez, from valencia to young will rack up appearances, that’s what you get at a club competing fiercely and if a player can’t accept that then they shouldn’t aim for the top level. It’s a SQUAD game, no one will be sold.

  18. samuel - united WE stand says:

    One thing i don’t get is, whenever players aren’t getting a regularly playing time, the ridiculous speculation starts but it seems to have escaped the minds of many, especially journalists is the little fact that united potentially play loads of games in a season, the squad would be utilised as well as it can be. Every player, from rooney to hernandez, from valencia to young will rack up appearances, that’s what you get at a club competing fiercely and if a player can’t accept that then they shouldn’t aim for the top level. It’s a SQUAD game, no one will be sold.

  19. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Utdfc – don’t see de gea going to madrid to play second fiddle. He doesn’t seem a quitter to me, i hope he focuses on improving and being the number 1. I’ve seen that rumour, i personally take it with a pinch of salt.

  20. parryheid says:

    Kagawa is doing just fine great addition to the team.

  21. Den says:

    Kagawa will find his form soon. Agree with him that he has more to show but then again, 2 goals in 5 games is not so bad for a player who hasn’t showed his qualities jet IMO.

    As for De Gea I think he’ll be the heir to either Valdez or Casillas since he’s the best young spanish goalkeeper but hopefully he’ll stay with us for many years more. He can be one of the best in the world if he he starts handling the crosses better.

  22. .The WitchKing of Angmar says:

    Points I Think are of Note for Kagawa. Correct me if i am wrong
    1. Kagawa has never played a full 90mins in all his games for united he’s aways been subbed off.
    2. He appears too tiny and is oftentimes brushed off too easilly off the ball. Needs to bulk up.
    3. He performs best with willing runners around him. At this time, the only willing runner thats ever been around him is Valencia. Little wonder he is often ineffective.
    4. Would like to see him play with Cleverly more often with Carrick sitting. I believe this to be our strongest midfield, why have we not seen it more often.
    5. Rooney, van Persie and Kagawa can play together with the three interchanging between top striker, left midfielder and central attacking midfield. This should be a mouth-watery prospect given time.
    6. Finally, I believe Kagawa has shown enough to win me over and I know he would attain high heights for United, becoming a great player.

  23. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    I actually think Kagawa’s been good in all the games he has played for us but I do understand where he’s coming from with the language barrier and strength issues but when it comes to skill he is as good as it gets in the league. We need to find a way to play him more central where he is at his most dangerous. Maybe he can start out wide and switch with Rooney sometimes during the game.

  24. Phil Jones' Birdshit Streaks says:

    The problem is, his best position is where Rooney is now playing since the arrival of Van Persie. If we play a diamond again, then I’d like to see him and Rooney both interchanging and causing havoc, both playing in the hole around Van Persie. I still feel we have yet to truly play great football this season and I’m not sure what our best formation is. This is kinda worrying with Chelsea and Arsenal coming up.

  25. Gorse Hill Red says:

    No doubt that Kagawa will start on Wednesday and will have to have a blinder if he is to start against Chelsea. Would like to see him play with Rooney and RVP up front and if he clicks with them we can batter any team.

    Just worries me he starts games very well but deteriorates after 60min; it’s no wonder he is substituted in every game he plays.

  26. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Kagawa is just deflecting questions from Japanesse press who think there must be something wrong if he isn’t starting every game. Lucky for us Kagawa is a level headed lad, not a bull in a china shoppe.

  27. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Speaking of a bull in a china shop. There is a very sensible read in the Sun (of all places) on the Rio affair.

    Steve Howard points out that Rio needs to be a bit more circumspect about United and pointing out that Rio’s timing and actions have not been above reproach.

    What I love about this piece, from the same paper, is that there is no mention of a fine from United. Sun can’t seem to speak with one voice can then. At least this article seems to have a thinking head behind it.

  28. parryheid says:

    Personally I think Fergie has got a fucking cheek trying to impose his or some other persons rules on the players,particularly if its the FA that suggested it.Does he think he is Omnipotent? The being who definately is has enough trouble enforcing the existing Ten despite the stick of Hell and Damnation,nah just stick to telling us what the fuck you are going to do to resolve our midfield.That’s more important than your commandment being ignored.

  29. jay says:

    fergies a hypocrite after all he refused to speak to bbc for so many years

  30. Dale says:

    Hardly surprisingly that he will find it a while to adapt. Ferguson is testing new formations and styles of play. Saying that, I doubt we’ll be waiting long before Kagawa fits in better.

    Rooney’s current role is where I’ve seen Kagawa play best for Dortmund, therefore, I think he’s a bit unlucky. For now he needs to work on becoming more involved when playing because when he’s on the ball there’s not much to give out about.

  31. utd_fc says:


    I hope he doesnt. Also, i don’t think this is an immediate thing. But if he has signed with Mendes then I can well see him joining one of those virus clubs once he hits his peak years.

    I see the point you and the article is making. But Fergie isn’t without blame here. He was too quick to judge that Reading player about him not wearing the shirt and backed himself into a corner. Was kinda unnecessary, this whole drama.

  32. utd_fc says:

    Just saying, we have much bigger things to worry about than who’s wearing some damn tshirt and who isnt.

  33. Goat Peticoat says:

    Rios a twat and has embarassed Sir Alex. Sir Alex came out with his rant on Roberts on Friday guessing that if he said something it would force Rios hand, Rio didnt care the embarassement it would cause.
    Rio is a twitter cunt – piss off

    Rooney – great to see you coming back to your best, throughout the match I was bemoaning your lack of passing skills in the last third but your hunger is back and looks as though there is something to build on.

    Leeds fan with the handy dukes – lol
    Leeds United – After years of taking the piss out of United for having fans from Surrey I was amused that your most famous fan comes from Cheltenham. I did larf, Cheltenham? really? I nearly chocked on my cucumber sandwiches.

    Sweden – Thanks for stopping the viewing of football via satelite for all Saturday 3pm fixtures. I realise this is because they dont show the matches in England at the time in order to get as many people into the grounds as possible but unless your prepared to fly me over and put me up in a hotel Id like to fucking watch. Im getting punished because some people stream the match or sell swedish satelite recievers and subscriptions to England. Well fuck you FA (whose decided on this farce) Im cancelling my satelite provider and am going to watch streams for free on line. I will also be advertising on thousands of websites where fans can watch streams. I advise people to hide their IP adresses by diverting through other proxies and looking into the Tor project for complete anonymity. Its the future. Save yourself £50+ a month getting sky and watch everything for free, risk free online. So fuck you FA and a big fuck you to Sweden.

    Racism in football – Telling people not to be racist is the daftest stupidest thing Ive ever heard in my life. Those that are not racist dont need telling. Those that are probably wont listen. Racism is a generation scurge, stop trying to achieve the impossible too soon. If telling people to not be racist was that easy then I think a nicely worded letter from Churchill before he became Prime Minister could have averted chrystal night and save on a rather hefty gas bill.
    Instead spend the money you are spending pissing into the wind on inner city projects designed to get young black children into the work place or better still use some of that charity on white deprived areas, as it is them that grow up to believe there chances are taken by a vastly cheaper immigrant work force. When we really know its white company owners who wont employ someone if they live in a certain area. Maybe thats where racism stems from.

    RoM – Please wake up, please start chatting on here like before. Those that have never posted before please do so. Ive taken off my United SHirt in protest and am wearing my peticoat instead or should I say my Freudian slip – oooooooh betty.

  34. mara says:

    I just hope that Hernandez wont leave the club..

  35. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Mark Ogden is reporting that Ashely Young is training with the first team.

    Would be great to get some of these players involved v Braga and/or Chelsea in the Cup. Need to get some match fitness.

    Just hope we can keep a clean sheet v Bragga. Gifting goals at home is a nightmare. Particularly in the CL.

  36. FletchTHEMAN says:

    utd_fc. With all due respect mate. Just who was “to Quick” do do anything?

    There are reports that Fergie and Rio had a meeting before the game and Rio said he would wear it.
    Don’t know if that was correct but I feel it is very unjust to claim that Fergie didn’t know exactly what he was about going into all his statements. He didn’t want any of this kicking on at his club.
    It looks very clear to me that Fergie did’t want anything unprofessional about United and this is all of that. The crap that is being leveled in this is just ludicrous.

    People acting like they have facts about Rio being fined even though there is nothing except one report from the bleeding Sun. Rio has been backed 400% by the manager for years, and even more this years with all the crap about Engerlund.

    No one know anything and taking the crap from the Sun like it is gospel. I will bet Rio has alot more to worry about than a fine. He let United and professionalism down yesterday for a political payday. Hope he gets well paid, because he didn’t do the Shirt that mattered any credit. The Red Shirt.

  37. MarkoWire says:

    Very honest and positive comments. There will be plenty of games for him to to deliver. It’s up to him to take the chances when they come. We know he will need a full season to adapt that norm for any player. Even though RVP is scoring goals I still see he needs to improve and that he is still settling in to the United way. Hopefully both will settle down in the second half of season and get us our crown back.

  38. Proverb says:

    Freaking impostors :D :D :-P


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