Former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa took just 13 minutes to get back into the swings of things at new club Borussia Dortmund.
With the majority of his squad on international duty and Kagawa not, boss Jurgen Klopp decided to arrange a game against the Dortmund U23 side to build up his squad’s fitness.
Amongst those starting were llkay Gundogan – currently returning from a lengthy injury – and Kagawa, and it took the latter just 13 minutes to score his first goal during his second spell at the club.
The Japanese international was a huge success at the Westfalenstadion between 2010 and 2012, helping the club win back-to-back Bundelsiga titles ahead of rivals Bayern Munich.
His impressive displays caught the attentions of former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson who in turn parted with €16 million to acquire his services in the summer of 2012.
Arriving at Old Trafford with the reputation of a technical playmaker, the 25-year-old barely featured for the Red Devils as he was often deployed out of position, or worse on the substitutes’ bench.
After two years and just 38 Premier League appearances, Kagawa was reunited with former mentor Jurgen Klopp as United sold him back to Dortmund for as little as €8 million.
Speaking before the game to the German newspaper Bild, Klopp was delighted to see Kagawa return with the same hunger and desire to succeed despite his tough ordeal at Old Trafford.
He said: "He actually looks good. Footballing wise everything is there, and he is still the same boy. All is well."