I cover the Manchester United latest news every weekday and on Wednesday evening I’d had it up to here (figuratively speaking) with Shinji Kagawa going on and on and on about how he intends to improve and how he’s not satisfied with his performance and how he wants to be like Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie and get better. Enough is enough.
The first time he did it I think it must have been towards the end of the season and he spoke candidly to the official Inside United magazine about how he’d struggled with injury and adapting to life in the Premier League and in Manchester and how he hoped to improve. Okay, I got the point there and then.
However, since he headed out for the Confederations Cup in Brazil this summer with Japan, he’s then continued to re-iterate that he wants to make a much bigger impact for United next term and show what he’s really capable of and this is where I star to get aggravated.
Now, following the Confederations Cup before he properly returns for pre-season he’s at it again – talking on ManUtd.com about how he places great expectations on himself and how he has a lot of work to do, basically he’s a broken record.
“It was great to win the title with United and to make it three in a row for me personally,” he told the latest issue of Inside United.
“But I feel I still have work to do. I would say I am half satisfied and half unsatisfied. I want to be a better player year by year. I expect a lot of myself.”
I mean, honestly. Jees Louise and for crying out loud, shut it Shinji. What’s even more risible is that he really wasn’t that bad – he suffered a bit with his unfortunate injury but he scored 6 goals in 20 league appearances. That’s not bad. Not great either and perhaps his dissatisfaction comes from knowing what he genuinely is capable of.
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp firmly believes he one of the best players in the world and I don’t doubt him on that. Next season Shinji Kagawa will make the impact he would have wished to in his debut season at Old Trafford.
But, in the meantime, he if he could just stop talking about it, stop self-deprecating and outlining his aims I would personally really appreciate it. He needs to do his talking on the pitch – actions not words, Shinji – and until then, he should just put a sock in his mouth or something. Or, perhaps next months issue of Inside United. That ought to do it.
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