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Mon Apr 21 09:06:41 SAST 2014

Man United tout Kagawa potential

TEAMtalk Media | 24 July, 2012 11:440 Comments
Ajax Cape Town v Manchester United - Pre-season Friendly
Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United in action during the pre-season friendly against Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium on July 21, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa
Image by: Luke Walker / Gallo Images

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and captain Rio Ferdinand have praised newcomer Shinji Kagawa's pre-season efforts and tipped him for a bright future at the club.

Kagawa, who recently signed a four-year deal at Old Trafford from Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund, made his first start for the Red Devils at the weekend.

The Japan international showed some impressive touches and neat footwork on the ball against South African outfit Ajax Cape Town in Saturday's 1-1 draw in Cape Town.

Kagawa has since jetted off to China for United's next stop on their overseas tour, and Ferdinand has voiced his approval of the attacking midfielder, who scored 29 goals in 71 outings for Dortmund over two seasons.

"I've been very, very impressed. I'd seen him play for Dortmund on TV and I looked on YouTube," the defender said.

"He's been fantastic. He's quick, he's sharp, he has great awareness, he plays off both feet. I'm excited about playing with him and getting the season started.

"He's been one of the better players in Germany for the last few years. I think he will bring that form to Manchester United. I think he'll be a great acquisition."

Ferguson reiterated his skipper's sentiments, with the Scot also impressed with Kagawa's work-ethic on the training pitch, despite still unable to speak fluent English.

"The thing that's quite impressed me is that every exercise we do on the training ground, he's never needed it to be explained," the United tactician told a press conference in Shanghai.

"After one demonstration, he joins in as if he's known the language forever. Of course, we know he doesn't speak the language, but it isn't a problem.

"It just goes to show that a good footballer can pick up exactly what's needed. He's been fantastic in that respect. I've been quite surprised at that."

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