Shinji Kagawa pays tribute to Man United’s ‘magnetic’ Sir Alex Ferguson

Shinji Kagawa has paid tribute to departing Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson following the Scot's decision to retire

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

Shinji Kagawa has paid tribute to departing Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson following the Scot’s decision to retire at the end of the season.

Ferguson brought Kagawa to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund in June last year, with the Japan international going on to score five goals in 19 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils this term.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder was full of praise for the 71-year-old and admits he would have loved to play under him for more than just one season.

“He has a magnetic power,” Kagawa told ManUtd.jp. “I felt it the first time I met him, from the way he conducts himself and also from working with him on the pitch.

“He communicates well with his players and respects them. As the season went on, I got to communicate with him more, both on football and other subjects. That was important.

“He is a friendly person and his spirit is much younger than his age. I think that’s because of his achievements over the years, and also his personality.

“I wish I could have played much longer under him. What he has achieved for the club is tremendous – he is in a class of his own.”

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