The Japanese international feels he has improved as a player since his Dortmund days. When quizzed on the matter, Kagawa responded:
'Yes, you can’t help but improve here (at Manchester United). There are lots of experienced players in this team; they have taught me a lot and every day I pick up new skills from them'.
Kagawa won a host of trophies at Dortmund, including the Bundesliga twice. He also scored in his final game for the German club, Dortmund’s 5-2 DFB Pokal Final victory over Bayern Munich in 2012. Manchester United were so impressed with his performances that the club paid Dortmund €16M, despite the Japanese star not being tied down to a long-term contract.
Kagawa hasn’t had the same influence or success at Manchester United, however. Making just 27 appearances since his move in the summer of 2012, Kagawa has been a bit-part player, so it may come as a bit of a shock for Manchester United fans to hear that he feels he is now a better player than what he was playing under Jurgen Klopp in Germany.
The Japanese international then went on to mention how Alex Buttner is his closest friend at Manchester United, and said and that the defender has a reasonable understanding of the Japanese language from his time at Vitesse.
Kagawa also mentioned that if he wasn’t a footballer, he would be involved in another sport, due to his competitive nature
Has Shinji Kagawa improved since arriving at Manchester United ?
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