Ferdinand, Neville & more: Twitter reacts to Kagawa’s Man United deal

Manchester United agree a deal to sign Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund, prompting a flurry of activity on Twitter

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Rio Ferdinand welcomed Shinji Kagawa to Manchester United on Twitter The Sport Review

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Rio Ferdinand leads the messages of support for Shinji Kagawa after Manchester United announce the Borussia Dortmund midfielder has agreed terms to move to Old Trafford.

The Japanese midfielder is expected to complete his transfer to the Red Devils by the end of June, subject to a medial and receiving a UK work permit, leading to a host of messages on Twitter.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand ‏(@rioferdy5) posts a message of support for the club’s new signing: “Welcome to Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to Man United. Here’s to a successful time here bro!”

Everton captain Phil neville18 (@fizzer18) isn’t very clued up on the Japanese midfielder: “What position does United’s new signing Kagawa play?”

Rapper Tinchy Stryder ‏(@TinchyStryder) is excited by the prospect of Kagawa: “Morning. Woke up and was informed that Shinji Kagawa has signed for United. Wicked addition to the team! Can’t wait!!! :-)”

Meanwhile, Ketan Tyagi (‏@ketantyagi) is happy Kagawa joined United, unlike Chelsea’s new signing Eden Hazard: “Glad to know you did not make the any mistake like Hazard. Shinji Kagawa, welcome to Manchester United #MUFC!”

And Ishfaq Ahmed ‏(@r3devil11) has already forgotten United missed out on Hazard: “Yeah !! Shinji Kagawa has officially signed for Manchester United. Great start to the day :) Hazard who?? We’ve got Kagawa #MUFC”

Níel (‏@NielMUFC) says the statistics make great reading for United supporters: “SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: Hazard has 192 apps, 50 goals and 32 assists (£32m). Kagawa has 198 apps, 98 goals and 45 assists (£13m). #MUFC”

Jan Aage Fjortoft (‏@JanAageFjortoft) agrees: “What we know today: Kagawa deal is “great value for money” compared with Hazard #mufc”

But El Niño ‏(@ElNino_Torres9) believes it is silly to make comparisons until the Premier League season starts: “Oh and United fans, stop comparing Kagawa to Hazard. You haven’t seen either of them play in the Premier League yet.”

Manchester Utd News (‏@Mufc_Info) anticipates Kagawa to become a creative force in the first-team: “Only Mario Götze attempted to take on his opponent more than Shinji Kagawa in the Borussia Dortmund team last season. #mufc”

Chris Kusumajaya (@cekatopher) is disappointed Kagawa decided to join United: “And so my favourite Asian player Shinji Kagawa is moving to my least favourite club.”

Akhil Baby ‏(@akhilbaby) has a sceptical view on the transfer: “So Shinji Kagawa arrives to expand the Asian fan base and market of Manchester United. Is it time for Park to be shown the door?”

And Dan Miller ‏(@_danjmiller) hopes Sir Alex Ferguson will delve into the transfer market again this summer: “Shinji Kagawa will be a great capture for MUFC, still two or three more signings need to be made to keep up with the pack.”

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