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Kagawa: I’m Lucky To Be At This Great Club

Having returned from the first part of the pre-season tour, new signing Shinji Kagawa has reflected on what it feels like being a Manchester United player.

“I have joined such a great club and I want to achieve results here,” he told the official site. “I want to play football without forgetting that fact. United have so many fans and, because of that, I feel a big responsibility. That is in my mind each day. I was totally amazed by how many fans came out in South Africa and China, and how loud they were! It made me realise that United supporters are all over the world. It dawned on me how big a club United is and I feel very proud and lucky to be a part of this club.”

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231 Comments

  1. CedarsDevil says:

    Atin

    Hopefully the day will come when you make your first trip to OT, will fucking blow your mind away….Better still I propose getting to an away match with the REDS, you’ll be bouncing on a fucking trampoline mate

  2. Atin says:

    Yeah – studying for my B-school exams. If the ones in India don’t work out, am gonna give the GMAT and apply to the Manchester Business School :P :D Plans all set – parents agreed, fingers crossed then! ;)

  3. eric keane says:

    Atin – try edinburg business school. Its better than manchester.
    We’re in the same boat then. Just gave GRE IELTS. Looking for delft and manchester…

  4. 911_DEVIL says:

    English football still stand out as a top league which stills produce shit footballers
    Heskey one hem
    Now carroll adding on to that list

    Like one said, chop off his head then, he’s nothing

  5. Atin says:

    eric – thanks! getting into research and stuff? I never gave the GRE myself, am so not a technical/ research kinda guy. Loads of my friends are in the states and spread across Europe pursuing either MS or PhDs in engineering fields.

  6. eric keane says:

    Yes. Well im from the petroleum field. So nothing decent here. Have to try and get a masters else jobs are hard to come by. Its more out of need that choice if you get me :P

  7. Atin says:

    hahaha – same here…! I got into the consulting sector with one of the good global firms, need to top the work experience with a business degree, else gonna get stuck in the rut!

  8. goatinaunitedshirt says:

    Van Persie asking for Rooney wages will never happen. One thing going for Rooney is he is a strong SOB and will pretty much always give 95% of a season and only bone breaks will keep him out briefly. Van Persie is a pussy, he breaks straines and snaps as soon as a defender is near him. I dont want the fans on here saying in one breath the Glazers are taking money out the club and then with another breath defending a player taking the money out the club by getting massages all day in the sick room.
    Van Persie is not for us, demoting Wellbeck and Hernandez down the pecking order is stupid and he will only cost us alot more in the long run.
    I would take Van Persie but my offer would be 8 million for the fee, a signing on fee/agents fee 2 million max. Wages £110 000 before tax on a 3 year deal. Thats it. But to be honest if he agreed I still would probably try and squeeze more out.

  9. DreadedRed says:

    ex Hull Daily Mail:

    Ben Amos signed a new three-year contract with United in May, and Amos hopes his loan switch to East Yorkshire will benefit all parties:

    “I knew in my head that I needed to play games this season and Hull is a great opportunity. It was Eric Steele, the goalkeeping coach at United, who made me aware that Hull were interested in me. He and my agent put it forward to me and straight away I was enthusiastic to make sure it happened.”

    “I’ve stayed patient at United for a couple of years now but the chances haven’t really come around so far. Hopefully, a big season here can change that. With me signing my deal in the summer it was a case of me going out on loan to play some games, then going back and push for number one at United. They made it clear to me that they still believe I can be number one at United. I feel as though I could do it now. I’ve got that belief in myself to do a job if I got called upon. While they’re still saying those things to me and I still believe I can do it, then I was always going to sign the new deal.”

    “Steve [Bruce] and Sir Alex have obviously got a good relationship and I’m sure he’s probably picked up a few things from Sir Alex to go alongside his own ways. You see him in training and he’s really assertive, that’s certainly the impression I get. I’m really excited to be here and hopefully I can give him everything he wants in his goalkeeper.”

    “The vibe I get from the camp is that there’s an ambition to get back into the Premier League so that’s got to be the aim for myself and all the lads. I’m here to help Hull get promoted and to play as many games as I possibly can. I’m not sure it’s completely realistic with all the cup games and league games in the Championship, but I’ll pick a number and set a target.”

  10. United,kids,wife says:

    News just in united to make a shock bid for cashly cole.(The PEOPLE) Haha WTF

  11. DreadedRed says:

    ex manutd .com, Eric Steele says:

    “The manager has got a lovely decision with Anders back, albeit with a totally disjointed pre-season, and he’s got David coming back off the Olympics at whatever stage, and there is healthy competition which is what every manager wants. I think Anders has got every chance to do so [start the season as first choice]. We brought him back early, as David did on 28 June when he did two days’ physical and sports conditioning and then a full week with me before he joined up with the Spanish squad. We made sure he went into there with some form of base.”

    “David missed pre-season last year, misses it this year and will miss it next year because it’s the European Under-21 Championship again. With the value of pre-season, he’s missed two and that does throw the gauntlet down to Anders. Of course it does and, due to the disjointed nature of pre-season, Anders has got a chance. At the Swedish, Norwegian and German games, Ben Amos will be gone by then, so we’ve got to travel with Anders and Sam Johnstone and that gives him a chance to say: ‘Okay, I’ll stake a claim’.”

    When asked if for a place in the team, Steele replied: “Of course [there is a competitive relationship between the pair]. If Anders didn’t [have that], I’d kick his backside because that is what we brought him in to do. We brought him in initially for the first four or five months to spend time with the master and he worked alongside Edwin [van der Sar]. He had a problem with his knee but at least he was there to see what was expected of him. It did him the world of good. Don’t forget he’s a late developer whose only had about 80-90 games but he’s 28 and has still got a great career ahead of him.”

    “He knows this is his chance. Whoever wears the jersey, it doesn’t matter if we’re playing a friendly because there’s no such thing as a friendly as these are high-profile games. I make the point to Anders not to under-estimate pre-season games in terms of forming an image and impression in the manager’s mind. What they should all be thinking about is, when the first XI is decided to go to Goodison, you want to be in that.”

    “They [De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Johnstone] are all at the stage where they should not be the finished article like Edwin and Peter Schmeichel. They know that well so there are still areas for all four of them to improve. So that’s what my job is. They’ve got to be best prepared if that call comes and that’s my job.”

    “I think [the first-team spot] it is up for grabs and the competitive element is what the manager wants. It’s why he’s looking to improve the squad – he wants to have competition at all levels. So if you’re No1, stay with it, or if you’re No2, make sure you do everything to take your chance and retain it.”

    “At the moment, Anders is here and David’s at the Olympics and he’s got to prepare himself to hand it over to the manager to say: ‘Right, what’s your decision?’”

  12. Zibbie says:

    OK 5:15 AM here, got up to piss and here I am. Fucking silly season.

  13. DreadedRed says:

    goatinaunitedshirt – agreed!

    If we pay RvP a pittance, and buy him for nothing, I’m vaguely interested.

    I’m not one to hanker after our rivals’ players, especially when they have a dismal track record.

  14. Zibbie says:

    Dr nice break down on the keepers.
    Always the business comes to play.
    RVP has a following, some shirt sales, some more TV viewers.
    Could MUFC keep him away from Shity?
    He has been healthy for 20 months.
    Could he be a difference in the CL to a lesser FA cups.
    Image is huge in the IPO world, last big signing Berba?
    Image is huge in recruiting players.

    blah blah blah, I surprise myself, I want him. No good reasons, just a gut feeling.

  15. goatinaunitedshirt says:

    DreadedRed
    Every half decent player has their price, Im not so stupid as to “look a gift horse in the mouth” and if you can get a decent player for pennies Im in. But to pay him the same as Rooney is bloody insulting in my eyes. AND many on here will tell you that Im not a Rooney fan but credit where credit is due, Rooney is younger, more scope for improvement, is already blended into the fabric here, proves he gets the goals with the players already here and works well with Hernandez and Wellbeck without stunting their growth.
    Whats the point of replacing Berbatov with Van Persie.

    As for Ashley Cole, lol. We need to be looking to the future to eventually replace Evra, I know lets bring in someone older. ? Rupert Murdoch must be pissed off with the English because he writes complete splurge and you donkeys still spend you £1.50 to read the crap. (sorry I dont know the price of a newspaper nowadays – my last news paper was The Times and it cost me £6 here in Sweden 4 years ago)

    Fabio is the replacement for Evra, he is on conditioning now. We may get another LB but more than likely it will be Evans filling in or even more likely another CB who can also play LB. That player would then be good cover for Evra, allow three 6ft CBs for set pieces if Rafael plays on the right, would gel into Vidics possition as Vidic doesnt have all that long left in regards age.

    Anyone know of any half decent 6ft+ left sided CBs available.

  16. DreadedRed says:

    Pippo Inzibbie – he would be a far better choice than most of the Prem based players.
    That said, I don’t lust after my neighbour’s wife even though she’s hot.

    goatinaunitedshirt – John O’Shea?

  17. Zibbie says:

    LOL got it. Dr,
    Pippo, moment, Dr, Red, in college for Halloween one year I went as Dr. Feelgood, in this pocket, joints, in this pocket lemon 714 ludes, in this pocket mushrooms ect, all in small portions and free, till supplies ran out.

    My I refer to you as Dr. Feelgood as per MUFC purposes?.

  18. goatinaunitedshirt says:

    DreadedRed
    Yeah but he was never really the go to man was he. I loved Sheasy and was thoroughly pissed off with him going but our hand was forced in regards getting Jones a year early and so we had to make room. Sheasy Brown and more than likely Evans in the near future are those CBs that are good enough for cameos and not whine so much sitting on the bench but after years of sitting they slowly decay. Its great to have the two center backs being there all the time and some continuity at the back (Ferdinand + Vidic, Bruce + Pallister) but it also means the back ups decay and the turn around amongst them is far greater. What we need to do is find a young 20-24 year old 6ft center back, with some sort of experience in playing in a back 3 system who has a reasonable touch and reasonable pace (doesnt need to be lightning quick). He needs to play a few games this year maybe 20-25 allowing Rafael to get his 30 games minimum. He needs to be wise of the ways of United before he ultimately replaces Vidic or replaces Evans in 2 or 3 years time.

    But yeah I miss Sheasey

  19. Zibbie says:

    Paul on Kagawa

    Sir Alex Ferguson hasn’t overhauled the United squad in the wake of title disappointment but Japan international Kagawa has arrived from Borussia Dortmund.”He looks brilliant. I’ve only been in training with him for a couple of weeks but he’s very good technically and you can see the talent he’s got already.”
    Paul Scholes on Shinji Kagawa
    Quotes of the week
    And Scholes is full of praise for the 23-year-old after seeing him close up on the club’s tour of Asia.

    “He looks brilliant. I’ve only been in training with him for a couple of weeks but he’s very good technically and you can see the talent he’s got already,” added Scholes in the Sunday People.

    “He’s had a couple of great years at Dortmund and I think he has been player of the year in Germany – that tells you he’s a top player.

    “He will bring goals to the team, whether he’s scoring them or making them. He’s got great movement and is very clever in the runs he makes.

    “It’s difficult to say which foot is his best. He’s equal with right and left. He’s a good lad. He doesn’t speak much English yet, but I am sure he will be very popular here.”

  20. Zibbie says:

    Kagawa

  21. want2play@oldtrafford says:

    carroll? This is unacceptable!

  22. DreadedRed says:

    Zibbie – absolutely you may!

    Methaqualone is very popular here; for many years it was the most available ‘hard’ drug.
    ‘Buttons’ were smoked in vast quantities. A lot of vomiting, retching and spitting occurred!
    And a lot of theft to support the habit.

  23. DreadedRed says:

    goatinaunitedshirt

    JOS was a tongue-in-cheek suggestion by me, but I do admit to missing him.
    He is almost a legend, which is quite the compliment considering his status as a squad player.

    Jonny Evans fits the bill quite well, all things considered. Not a wing-back by any means, but he can do the 3rd-tall-defender job when Rafael starts.

  24. Zibbie says:

    lol!!!!! Thanks Dr.

  25. Zibbie says:

    Dr I have many problems, the one I would like to talk about this 50 min session, is MUFC and how it has become an obsession over the last 9 years. Interrupting sleep, making me crazy, fighting with wurms, blurring perceptions. It gets much worse in the last part of July. Can I be helped?

  26. DreadedRed says:

    Inzibbinator – the only available cure is death. You are United ’til you die.
    Perhaps even in the after-life that awaits us, our Red blood will still surge unchecked.

    Your nine year apprenticeship has prepared you well. It has given you the grounding needed to build a life on. It doesn’t get easier, in fact the opposite is true. In ten years time your frustration with the ABU will have grown tenfold, and you will get less support from die-hard Reds, as many of them will have died. Good luck!

  27. Zibbie says:

    Thanks for the straight scoop Doc. fuck that’s what I was thinking……..
    GO MUFC!!!!!!!!!

  28. Zibbie says:

    As you might have read my rants as of late, the ABU’s had a big push in me becoming a MUFC fan. SAF was being attacked by ABU press, then after like the 3 rd interview I saw with SAF, this cunt, asking stupid questions. SAF just put the fucker in his place. He was so cool, in control and just slayed this twat.
    Man Crush that has only gotten stronger.

  29. Capitano says:

    I would rather we have Llorente than RVP , or we even give Berba another chance. I feel Rvp is injury prone,and last season he was only lucky.

  30. Zibbie says:

    Slow day on twitter guys?
    If no new rumors on twitter, the longer that goes, the closer Lucas is to MUFC, deal is done one way or the other. It is just a matter of being informed.

  31. FRO-NAM says:

    Killer ninja Kagawa is gonna fuck shit up this season! Incredible looking player! And he’s got a mad dirty misses! BOOOOM!

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