Shinji Kagawa has thanked Manchester United fans for their support during his two seasons with the team, following his return to Borussia Dortmund for a reported £6.3 million.
Hailed as one of the brightest stars in the Bundesliga prior to his £17 million move to United in June 2012, Kagawa showed flashes of potential during his debut campaign in England, netting six times in 20 Premier League games for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, including a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Norwich.
The 25-year-old endured a dismal 2013-14 season at Old Trafford under David Moyes, however, failing to score in 30 total appearances, with his future at the club thrown into further doubt following a poor World Cup campaign for Japan.
Deemed surplus to requirements under new manager Louis van Gaal, Kagawa’s spell in Manchester might have come to a disappointing end, but the midfielder still took the time out to acknowledge the supporters and wish the team well for the future, writing on the above Instagram post:
‘Thanks everyone!! I could have a precious experience. I really appreciate it to all my supporters. Thank you Manchester United!!Good luck!’
Now back where he first established himself as one of the top up-and-coming talents in European football, it will be interesting to see if Kagawa can revitalise his once-flourishing career having been reunited with Jurgen Klopp.
He no doubt still possess a great of potential and, though first-team minutes were going to be sparse among United’s attacking riches, there should be numerous opportunities to prove his doubters wrong back in the Bundesliga.