Kagawa frustrated with form

Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa feels he needs to up his game after being left dissatisfied with his performances for the club since his summer move.

Last Updated: 25/01/13 at 08:39 Post Comment

Shinji Kagawa: Has not been satisfied with his form this season

Shinji Kagawa: Has not been satisfied with his form this season

The Japan international, who arrived at Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund for a reported £17million in July, has struggled to produce the form that turned heads in the Bundesliga.

Injury has frustrated the 23-year-old's progress, with a knee injury suffered in October ruling him out for almost 10 weeks.

Kagawa, who was substituted early in the second half of United's 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Sunday, knows he has to improve.

"I'm really feeling that I need to perform better," he told the Daily Mirror. "I'm not satisfied with what I have done here at all.

"It's a big and really famous club in the world and I need to overcome lots of pressures and be mentally stronger.

"Unfortunately I got injured, but I have to be better and grow as a player and a person, in terms of contributing to the team's wins and succeeding here."

Strength

Kagawa has been impressed by United's ability to turn games around if they fall behind, a distinctive trait of Sir Alex Ferguson's side, and feels he must learn to emulate his team-mates' mental strength.

"I really feel that we have a strong ability to bounce back when we are behind, so people in this team must be really mentally tough," he added.

"We have a really strong squad with many world class players, so it's lucky for me to have opportunity to train with them and play games with them.

"Sir Alex is one of the best managers in the world. What I am really impressed are the numbers of great players he has helped to grow, the numbers of titles he has achieved for the team almost every year, and his ability to mould top players into a team.

"Also, the atmosphere supporters make at Old Trafford helps the team to fight back. As I said, my team-mates are so experienced and mentally strong as I said.

"I'm really lucky to play with world-class players and experience those things, including the history of Manchester United."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea happy to maintain their five-point Premier League lead

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was happy to take a point after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez delighted with 'immense' Everton's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace

Roberto Martinez believes his side can now reach their true potential after ending their winless run at Crystal Palace.

Premier League: Chelsea maintain five-point lead after 1-1 draw with Manchester City

Chelsea remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Manchester City.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company