VIDEO: United star scores superb goal against England’s World Cup opponents

Shinji Kagawa training with Manchester United - 2012

Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa netted during Japan’s 3-1 victory over Costa Rica.

Japanese international Shinji Kagawa has been one of Manchester United’s most subdued signings in recent years, given his hype and natural ability.

The 25-year-old arrived at Old Trafford in the summer of 2012 after two fabulous seasons at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, becoming the first Japanese player to represent the Red Devils.

Over the past two years, however, he has featured just 38 times in the Premier League and failed to register a single goal in all competitions last season.

Technically gifted, versatile and creatively brilliant, the Japanese international has all the ingredients to still be a hit at United and he has been offered a fresh start under new incoming boss Louis Van Gaal.

Keen to put last season’s disappointing campaign behind him and have a successful World Cup, Kagawa got off to the perfect start as he netted a superb goal during Japan’s 3-1 victory over England’s Group D opponents Costa Rica.

The United playmaker picked up the ball in the centre circle, drove at Costa Rica’s backline and played a fast-paced one-two with the impressive Yoichiro Kakitani before slotting past Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

It was a goal which demonstrated the quality which Kagawa has in his locker, and one which serves as a reminder of his ability when given space to run at the opposition backline.

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