Manchester United’s former star Shinji Kagawa has revealed that he is delighted to leave the Old Trafford club, having had what he saw as a difficult year in Manchester, and bemoaned a football club where he saw a lot being missing, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Japanese international midfielder moved back to Borussia Dortmund on deadline day, after two seasons in which he failed to settle or establish himself in the first team at Man Utd.
Widely regarded as an exceptionally talented player, Kagawa was seen by many as underused when he was at Old Trafford, having not appeared on a regular basis or in his favourite position.
In fact, Kagawa’s failure to settle has rankled luminaries as important to the side as Alex Ferguson, who revealed recently to Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp that he feels as though it is a great shame that he never did better with Kagawa.
Kagawa was happy to leave, though, and said: “My decision was clear, I wanted to return to Borussia Dortmund and only to Borussia Dortmund.
“I want to achieve success with this club again, and with no other.
“Only facts matter in football, stats, goals, assists, titles, and a lot was missing in this regard.
“That was probably why they no longer included me in their plans.
“Everybody knows that my second year at Manchester United was particularly difficult.
“The manager did not really count on me, and the team was also on a bad run.
“That means I am all the more delighted to be back. My heart had remained at Borussia Dortmund anyway.”
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his shock at the fact that his club were able to bring Shinji Kagawa back to the Westfallenstadion this summer, with the German boss surprised at the fact that Manchester United were willing to let him go, as reported by the Daily Star.
Despite having signed the Japanese international from Dortmund in 2012 for £12 million, the Manchester club were happy to let him move back to the club where he made his name for only £6.8 million, a huge loss on a player who never truly settled during his time in the Premier League.
Klopp, however, highly rates the diminutive midfielder, and threw him straight back into action at the weekend upon his return to Dortmund. He shone in the match against Freiburg, and capped off a good display with a well taken goal.
He said: “I was kind of surprised Kagawa was on the market again.
“His first year at Manchester United was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last year, so that isn’t the time to develop players.
“The only thing you want at that stage is results and titles. Kagawa’s second year at United was the first year of the new coach, so that’s also all about results.
“Then there was a third manager. So we saw the chance to sign Kagawa and we took it. Kagawa was sensational against Freiburg.”
Dortmund face Arsenal in their opening Champions League group stage encounter tonight.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Alex Ferguson feels that he failed to get the best out of returning attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Kagawa resigned for the German club, who finished second in the Bundesliga last season, after Louis van Gaal decided that he was surplus to requirements at the Old Trafford club this summer.
Ferguson brought Kagawa in when he was regarded as one of the most exciting midfield prospects in European football, but he failed to impose himself on Man Utd’s first team while he was at the club, never truly cementing a place in the first team while he played for them.
In 38 appearances for the Manchester club, Kagawa only scored six times, which, when compared to his previous record for Dortmund, shows the extent to which he failed to settle.
Ferguson himself seems to have regretted the manner in which he developed while at Man Utd, and Klopp recounted their encounter.
The German boss said: “I met Sir Alex in Nyon and he’s still in love with Shinji. He told me, ‘Shame we didn’t manage this well so that it worked out for him. We were satisfied in the first year’.
“And in the second year you usually make the next step but he didn’t manage to do it. But Sir Alex was saying ‘Shame we should have made this work’.”
Kagawa marked his return to Dortmund with a goal against SC Freiburg this weekend.