Ashley Young reveals Shinji Kagawa's amusing 'little leaving present'

Shinji Kagawa training with Manchester United - 2012

Banter is still alive and kicking at Manchester united in the Louis van Gaal era.

This summer there have been many changes at Manchester United, including of course the manager, Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman has arrived with a reputation for being something of a harsh task-master, but according to Ashley Young, that is not the case.

The United winger was speaking to Soccer AM's Tubes this week and revealed that the gaffer actually has some pretty good banter:

"I think everybody says that but he likes a laugh and joke as well. He's got good banter, its not bad. To be fair a lot of people think, like your reaction just then, and start to think 'no, he can't have good banter' but he actually has."

Which is good, because he went on to discuss what happened to Shinji Kagawa the day he left United.

The Japanese international struggled in his two seasons at United and with the arrival of several new players this summer he was surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

He returned to Borussia Dortmund for a £6.3 million fee this summer on a four-year deal. But he did not leave before he received a practical joke from United's dressing room jokers, Young and vice-captain Darren Fletcher:

"I wouldn't say I'm the worst [joker at United] I think Darren Fletcher is up there with being the worst joker. Shinji was leaving the other day and he wore these horrible shoes.

"Me and Fletch sit close to each other and we just looked at the shoes and both looked at each other. There was a pair of scissors there and he has these horrible laces on them. So I filmed him [Fletcher] just cutting the laces off and putting them back but we tied them round so it looked like they were still on there. As he's [Kagawa] come in to put them on, he's gone like that, and the laces have come off in his hands.

"So yeah that was something because Shinji was leaving so we thought it would be a nice thing to give him a little leaving present."

After he also revealed that someone placed a pigeon on his locker after the infamous 'bird-poo' incident it would appear van Gaal is not afraid of a bit of banter in his dressing room.

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