And so it is official: After much speculation, Shinji Kagawa has returned to Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal.
The Japanese international has reportedly been sold by Manchester United for around half the fee they paid for him back in 2012, and hats off to Jurgen Klopp for bringing a player he never wanted to see leave back to the club that also appears to be his home.
Kagawa was something of an enigma at United. The majority of fans loved him despite rarely seeing what he did regularly in the Bundesliga.
Apart from a hat-trick against Norwich City and a few sporadic glimpses of brilliance, for the most part he looked out of sorts and - on occasion - out of position; although the fact that he often operates from the left for Japan quashes the myth that he cannot play there.
Kagawa was supposed to become a United great, and there is no doubt he had the talent to do that. But after just 57 appearances, six goals and 10 assists, the 25-year-old has left United.
Most expect him to shine now he is back playing for a manager who believes he is one of the best play-makers in the game. And if he does, expect United fans to have a wry smile at what might have been.
For now all they can do is react to the news, and after it broke we took to Twitter to see what they had to say. Below you can read a selection of what we found:
oh man sad to see shinji kagawa leave, fantastic player, would have loved to see him play regular at united, good luck at BVB again— (sir?) Lewis (@galvangar) August 31, 2014
Sorry to see Kagawa leave United. He seemed to lose confidence after being played out of position. Hope he does well back at Dortmund.— Chris Andrews (@chrisandrews89) August 31, 2014
Kagawa was better than Mata when we bought him, hope he goes back to BVB and makes us regret selling him— Old Gregg (@Joe_Smith97) August 31, 2014
I will never forget ur hatrick against Norwich in 2012/2013 season... Will always appreciate u Shinji Kagawa #MUFC— Mubarak Ahmed (@Fabulous_mb) August 31, 2014
Always really REALLY liked Shinji Kagawa and I think it's a travesty he was never given a real chance at United. Good luck to him— Lee Bithell (@Bizzel_83) August 31, 2014
All my United jerseys have Kagawa 26 at the back. I loved you.— Sanay Shah (@sanayYshah) August 31, 2014
Goodbye Shinji Kagawa, gutted it never worked for you here but it was the best decision to return to BVB. Good luck!— Creamielincoln (@lincolntolex) August 31, 2014
Kagawa gone. Absolutely gutted he didnt get the chances at Utd. A quality player. He will smash it back at Dortmund.— Colin Cotterill (@TripleC1982) August 31, 2014
kagawa didn't get his chance to show his ability— Ash (@ashparmar92) August 31, 2014
It's a sad, sad, sad day, as shinji kagawa leaves @ManUtd!......gutted!— Jacob Consterdine (@Jacob_Jc_17) August 31, 2014