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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 car with him we were mobbed. It was pandemonium! They love him here. It’s nice for us to come to Japan and have him show us around a little bit.”

Smalling noted the contribution Kagawa made last season, but expects him to get better and better in 2013-2014.

“I think he’ll get stronger and stronger,” he continued. “Last season he did very well and contributed significantly. It’s always difficult in your first season and for Shinji, who didn’t speak much English, it must have been even tougher. I think we’ll see big things from him this season now that he’s more settled and he’s integrated more. I think he could be stronger than ever.”


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8 Comments

  1. cyrus says:

    KAGAWA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Some players are just so lovable…. I may have a man crush on him.

    15(3) appearances last year and 6 goals… I am hoping for 15-18 goals this year.

  2. denton davey says:

    cyrus @ 11:48: “I am hoping for 15-18 goals this year.”

    If he plays regularly then that’s not unreasonable.

    The big issue for KagawaBunga (and Chicharito) relates to how the new manager sets up his team – and who is in the first-team squad.

    IF TheWayneBoy isn’t flogged to TheRentBoyz for north of 50 million – and if Cesc isn’t purchased for about the same amount – then the “playing-time predicament” that befuddled SAF will rear its head again. Unless, of course, TheWayneBoy accepts moving into TheScholesRole then the stars align into an “attacking diamond” – without width but awesome skill in the inside right/left positions.

  3. TheLasciviousMoor says:

    ‘denton davey’ – why do you constantly and consistently refer to Utd players as terrible nicknames that only you use?

    ‘KagawaBunga’, ‘TheWayneBoy’, and I swear I’ve seen ‘DannyTheLad’ used as well – just embarrassing

    It’s like you’re trying your best for them to latch on, but everyone else just rolls their eyes and feels for you.

    Terrible scenes.

  4. cyrus says:

    Denton… With the setup we have and the versatility in our attacking players we can easily shift between formations with a single substitution.. I don’t see it being such a problem, although this will ultimate be Moyes biggest challenge i.e. managing all the players into a system where game time is balanced..

    However, I think we will see something unexpected and pleasing… Bring on the new season

  5. Jorge Curioso says:

    “Some players are just so lovable…. I may have a man crush on him.”

    At least someone enjoyed Kagawa Cam…

  6. Jorge Curioso says:

    “‘denton davey’ – why do you constantly and consistently refer to Utd players as terrible nicknames that only you use? ‘KagawaBunga’, ‘TheWayneBoy’, and I swear I’ve seen ‘DannyTheLad’ used as well – just embarrassing.”

    Embarrassing for you, perhaps. I rather enjoy them.

  7. Al_Ameen says:

    Don’t say u think he will be stronger next season @ smalling… Kagawa will be our new iniesta i believing in him so much.. I hope rooney is flogged off… Fabregas will be a perfect addition.

  8. Silky Johnson (Park Life) says:

    @TheLasciviousMoor please refrain from attemping to diss such a living legend as Denton Davey

    The fact that you don’t know of him and his involvement on this blog and club is far more embarrassing!!

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