‘Intelligent’ Shinji Kagawa will be better next season, says Gary Neville

Gary Neville is backing the "intelligent" Shinji Kagawa to develop into a key player for Manchester United next season

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

Gary Neville has backed the “intelligent” Shinji Kagawa to develop into a key player for Manchester United next season.

The Japan international started 17 Premier League games in his first campaign in England since joining the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

The 24-year-old scored six top-flight goals, including a memorable hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Norwich at Old Trafford back in March.

And former United defender Neville is convinced that Kagawa will flourish in his second full season at the club.

“He will be better next season,” Neville told United’s website. “Towards the end of this season he showed glimpses of what he could do.

“He is an intelligent player with good energy, he can spot a run and his own runs are excellent.

“He is tidy on the ball, he can get out of tight situations and I think we will see more of a goal-scoring influence and a final-third impact next season.”

Speaking last month, Kagawa said that one of his targets for next season is to improve his displays in Europe’s elite club competition.

“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.”

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