Man United's Shinji Kagawa: We knew about Van Gaal some time ago

Shinji Kagawa has revealed that the Old Trafford players were told well before the official announcement of the Dutchman’s appointment.

Shinji Kagawa is one of the Manchester United players that will be glad to see a managerial change at Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal’s appointment as Manchester United manager will give the Japanese attacker a fresh start at a club that he has rarely lived up to his potential at over the last two years.

However, Kagawa has revealed that he and the rest of the United players knew of Van Gaal’s appointment well before the Netherlands national boss was announced as David Moyes’ successor.

“We’ve known for some time it was going to be him,” Kagawa told Kyodo News when quizzed on his new club boss.

The former Borussia Dortmund man only started 14 Premier League games in 2013-14 and has been quoted as being frustrated in the recent past.

He revealed what his recent motivation has been while he has largely had to watch on from the sidelines.

“I made sure I got the work in after games I didn’t play in – I know how to get myself into shape,” Kagawa continued.

“I was able to stay motivated despite the year I had because I had the World Cup to look forward to.”

Kagawa is determined to play well for Japan, and admitted that his national allegiances will take priority over club thoughts until the end of the tournament.

“I don’t want to get my priorities mixed up here – the important thing is to win at the World Cup,” he said.

“I’m not using the World Cup as a place to showcase myself to Van Gaal.”

Kagawa’s future has been a point of contention over the last six months, but the playmaker has admitted that he is keen to stick it out at Old Trafford.

The attacking midfielder prefers to play in the number ten role but has largely been used in a wide position since moving to England.

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