Man United’s Shinji Kagawa: I didn’t have a good season at all

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa admits he didn't have a "good season" at the Red Devils

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

Shinji Kagawa has admitted he didn’t have a “good season” at Manchester United.

The Japan international was limited to 20 Premier League appearances in his first campaign in the English top-flight after joining in a £17m deal from Borussia Dortmund last July.

The 24-year-old still managed to score a respectable six league goals, but Kagawa couldn’t hide his disappointment at his overall performance throughout the club’s title-winning campaign.

“I am not happy with my performance for the team at all,” Kagawa told the Premier League’s website. “I didn’t score that much and I also had my injury.

“Despite that, it was great we won the League, I just don’t feel that I achieved everything that I wanted. For me personally, it wasn’t a good season.”

However, Kagawa, who was part of the Japan side eliminated from the Confederations Cup on Saturday, is focused on training and improving next term under new boss David Moyes.

“I always think that I must play well,” he added.

“And I always have an image in my mind of how I want to play, wherever the position. Whenever there is a tough time, whenever it gets difficult for me,

“I just train and look ahead to the future.”

Kagawa joined Dortmund from Cerezo Osaka, and the midfielder’s former manager Levir Culpi hailed the United star’s mentality.

“Shinji has an important quality,” said Culpi.

“He is always trying to make something happen. He never becomes complacent. He always wants more, that is a trait of his that I noticed from the start.

“He is always trying to add something else and that is really important for an athlete.”

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