Shinji Kagawa could be a sensation at Man United, says Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville is backing Old Trafford new boy Shinji Kagawa to shine for the Red Devils

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Sir Alex Ferguson signed Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmun Photo: The Sport Review

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Gary Neville has backed Shinji Kagawa to make a name for himself at Manchester United after the Japanese midfielder moved to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund.

The 23-year-old completed his transfer last month for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal following months of speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford.

Kagawa scored 17 goals in 40 appearances for Dortmund last term as Jürgen Klopp’s side won the Bundesliga title for the second successive year and eased to a 5-2 victory over Bayern Munich in the German Cup final.

And former Red Devils defender Neville admits he holds high hopes for Kagawa in the seasons ahead at Old Trafford – even if the midfielder is not yet a household name.

“I’m really excited about watching him play and seeing how he fits in with the other talented players in this squad,” Neville told manutd.com. “He’s had a fantastic couple of seasons at Dortmund, who have been magnificent in Germany.

“It’s not easy to knock Bayern Munich off their perch. And if you look at the performances, Kagawa has played a big part in that.

“He might be one of these lads that comes to United and sneaks under the radar a little bit. He’s not what you’d class as one of Europe’s stellar names at the moment. But he could be somebody who has the same sort of impact as Chicharito [Javier Hernandez] or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and go on to become a real sensation for United.”

Meanwhile, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that there could be more new arrivals at Old Trafford this summer following the transfers of Kagawa and Nick Powell.

He said: “We could possibly bring one or two more in. When there’s a major international tournament on there’s a delay in the transfer market. But now the European championships are over we’re trying to bring someone in.”

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