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VIDEO: Kagawa goal vs Costa Rica

“I managed to score when we were in full flow,” said Kagawa. “I thank our defenders for not conceding a second goal. We came back from behind to win because we defended well. We need to perform much earlier in games.”

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21 Comments

  1. OpikBidin says:

    Am I the only one thinking many players play differently for their country

    Nani, Kagawa, Fellaini seems so much better playing for their country than for us, I wonder why.

  2. Tommy says:

    Typical I go to watch it and the videos been removed.

    @Opik

    Got no time for those who play better for their countries, they can all do one as far as im concerned. United should be first, everything else a distant second

  3. ashtheking says:

    Tommy

    Yes for united fans like us united should be first but of you ask any international player countrywide I’ll also be equally important. There are people who say World Cup is a shit competition, I find their comment funny as I feel irks cup is for sure ultimate test for any player. Representing your country is the best thing a player can do.

    For the first time I am. Happy that there are many united players playing in the World Cup . Atleast something to cherish.

  4. ashtheking says:

    Tommy
    Yes for united fans like us united should be first priority but if you ask any international player for he, representing their country will also be equally important. There are people who say World Cup is a shit competition, I find their comment funny as I feel playing in world cup is for sure ultimate test for any player. Representing your country is the best thing a player can do.

    For the first time I am. Happy that there are many united players playing in the World Cup . Atleast something to cherish.

    Sorry for previous one it had many typos.

  5. Jose says:

    In world football,there are three players i would pay a fortune to watch them just play ..one is iniesta,two silva and third is our very own shinji kagawa.Ozil aint tht far off either.
    These are little technical players with magic on their feet.their football is all about brains and being inventinve on the football field.
    Whenever i watch kagawa for japan,he is an absolute beauty.everything good for them revolves around him and to an extent Honda.
    This is majorly down to their more flexible 4-2-3-1 formation where kagawa plays from the left but with freedom to roam and has very little defensive responsibility placed on him.
    Come back to man united and he is a pale shadow of his himself in Japans colours.
    From the flat 4-4-2 formation we employ, to playing him as a winger tasked with the duty of covering evra who is ever so keen on bombing forward and its no wonder he has little or no impact.
    The world cup is the perfect platform for kagawa to showcase his immense talent.I remembrr last year in the confederation cup he caused Italy all manner of problems with his incisive passing and direct running.If he can replicate that form then im certain van gaal will be salivating at the prospect of managing this little football magician who has been largely misused and unfairly sidelined in the two years he has been with us.

  6. FBr David Lee says:

    well Jose, any manager worthy of his salt wouldn’t ask a little magician like Kagawa to defend. Kagawa can and will play well on the wings provided he is not asked to be a defensive cover for our LB. The guy will get bulldoze by lanky attackers.

    plus side we do have players to play in 4 2 3 1 formation and the game vs Newcastle is a good example. downside is im not a manage of Man United, hopefully LvG can find a system which utilize the technical geniuses of kagawa & mata.

  7. elbowroom5 says:

    Too many English at the heart of united midfield is the reason players like kagawa are not doing well at the club. Midfielders that at best make sideways passes and most of the time backward passes….how do you expect a player like kagawa to do well when the ball is hardly played forward??

  8. elbowroom5 says:

    How I hate the word “tracking back” and “defensive duties” whenever they’re ascribed to Forward players.

  9. elbowroom5 says:

    How I hate the word “tracking back” and “defensive duties” whenever they’re ascribed to Forward players. Funny that’s football in the eyes of the British where “working hard” is generally valued much more than creativity.

  10. wayne barker says:

    Funny how tracking back and defensive duties are the core principles of Maureen’s coaching who a lot of people consider a genius and is Portuguese
    Anyone who doesn’t get the game is played both side’s of the ball doesn’t understand Football.Every player has things expected of him whether the team has possession or not any player not following those instructions would become a weak link,a team of offensive creative floaters would get murdered game in and game out.Even the great Barca team had a phenomenal work rate when the team didn’t have the ball

  11. Tommy says:

    @Wayne

    Its madness what certain people think, apprently doing defensive duties is just a british thing lol, Ibra didnt last long in a Pep team because he wasnt interested in doing any tracking back lol Pep and Maureen value work without the ball as much as work with the ball and last tinme I looked neither of those managers had a british passport

  12. tallestreD says:

    I think the point they are trying to make is that picking an offensive/attacking player shouldn’t be on the grounds of how well he tracks back but rather what the player brings to the team with regards to attack.

  13. wayne barker says:

    No it was just a shot at the British unless a player is given the freedom to stay up top and float around every other player has defensive duties just a fact more so if it’s a midfield player.If players didn’t track back and pick up their men the defense would get over run all the time,that’s just football 101

  14. tallestreD says:

    Now after I read that comment, I still can’t understand why people have so much hate for Wayne Rooney.

  15. Neil Moore says:

    Wayne. Spot on pal. What’s with this British bollocks? Every player should put a shift in else you’d end up with fuck all shape and discipline.

  16. iamMatty says:

    Shinji does a lot of defensive work for japan, just as he did for dortmund. The difference is that he did the closing down further up the pitch in numbers with the rest if the attacking teammates in the team. But the british think the player on the wings should be an auxillary fullback deep in his own half trying to block crosses and shots.
    Same reason ashley young gets picked more than anyone else.

  17. Tommy says:

    I see the british haters are back out in force again, if you dont like Britain, feel free to stop watching a British football team

  18. tallestreD says:

    IamMatty why say its British mentality? A comment or a point can be made without been to nationalistic.

  19. iamMatty says:

    Ok pardon me.
    What i meant to say was the old outdated system of football.

  20. Jose says:

    @Tommy thats a poor comment about United being a british club.
    its a global team.The global fans contribute so much more to uniteds cause than the the british fans.
    You are just lucky you were born there in manchester..
    the owner is american,more than half the players are foreign.lets just support our team without the side remarks on where one comes from.
    On kagawa,he has proven himself everywhere else he has played( japan and dortmund) except at united.That says more about our teams limitations than his inability to shine.
    im totally convinced under van gaals leadership kagawa will be like a player reborn.
    van gaal favours closeplay between his.players and fast transition from defense to attack.There is no one at united better at touch and go football than kagawa.preseason cant come soon enough for me.

  21. Tommy says:

    @Jose

    Mine is not the wrong comment here, I am correct United are a British club, based in England, play the home games in England, always have been and always will be, It does not matter the nationality of owners or employees of the club, Its a british club to the core. I drink budweiser and I am under no ellusions that I am drinking an American beer. Maybe nezt time people have a go at the British they should think but im supporting a “British” club. On Kagawa ever thought he might just not be able to adapt to the English game, better players than Kagawa have came to United and not adapted (Veron)

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