Man United’s Shinji Kagawa is the man in Japan, says Michael Carrick

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick expects Shinji Kagawa to get "plenty of attention" when the Red Devils go to Japan

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

Michael Carrick says he expects Shinji Kagawa to get “plenty of attention” during Manchester United’s pre-season tour of Japan.

The Red Devils will play against Yokohama F. Marinos and Kagawa’s former club Cerezo Osaka in July as David Moyes’ men get in shape for the start of the new Premier League season.

Former Red Devils South Korean midfielder Ji-Sung Park always gets a rapturous welcome in the Far East, and Carrick is anticipating a similar reception for Kagawa next month.

“I’d expect it to be something similar to what we saw with Ji. Shinji is the man over there and I’m sure he’ll get plenty of attention,” Carrick told United’s website.

Carrick was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s United side which won the Fifa World Club Cup in Yokohama in 2009, and the England international insisted winning the trophy meant a lot to him.

“It doesn’t really get spoken about much but, for me, it was massive [winning the World Club Cup],” added Carrick.

“Chelsea missed out on winning it at the end of last year and you could see how devastated the players were.

“To get to that stage anyway, you’ve got to win the Champions League and not many people do that.

“It’s the second step after that to win it and it meant an awful lot, as much as everything else, if not more.

“I have special memories of going there and achieving what we did.”

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