Shinji Kagawa wants to improve in Europe for Manchester United

Shinji Kagawa is targeting an improvement in next season's Champions League with Manchester United

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Shinji Kagawa joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund Photo: Back Page Images

Shinji Kagawa is targeting an improvement in next season’s Champions League with Manchester United.

The Japan international made three starts for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in Europe’s elite club competition during his first season at Old Trafford since joining from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

And the 24-year-old midfielder has been inspired by his former club’s run to the final, with Dortmund set to take on Bayern Munich at Wembley on Saturday.

“I want to play better in the Champions League next season because I’ve been inspired to see Dortmund make it to the final,” Kagawa told ManUtd.jp.

“I was encouraged to know there is a chance for me to be on the big stage with United.

“I’ve followed how they are doing and have kept in touch with some of the players. Each time they progressed in the Champions League, I sent them a text to say congratulations.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s all-German final in the capital, Kagawa added: “Bayern will find it hard against Dortmund as they haven’t beaten them in the league for three seasons.

“Dortmund will play hard without being over-confident. I expect it will be an exciting match and I hope Dortmund will be European champions.”

Kagawa scored six goals and made three assists in 20 Premier League appearances for United in his first season at Old Trafford.

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