Shinji Kagawa: I’m only half satisfied at Manchester United

Shinji Kagawa describes himself as "half satisfied" with how his first season at Manchester United unfolded

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

Shinji Kagawa has described himself as “half satisfied” with how his first season at Manchester United unfolded.

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

The 24-year-old still managed to score a respectable six league goals, but although Kagawa was thrilled to help United win the title last season, he hopes to improve next term under new boss David Moyes.

“It was great to win the title with United and to make it three in a row for me personally,” Kagawa told Inside United.

“But I feel I still have work to do. I would say I am half satisfied and half unsatisfied.

“I want to be a better player year by year. I expect a lot of myself. I hope to show my dynamism, style and presence more.”

He added: “I think it is very important to keep working in your every day training and in matches. You just have to keep practising. But you must also have a strong will. That is the key to playing in a foreign country, especially for me in Europe.

“It’s important to think positively and keep trying hard, imagining you are successful, even when things are tough.

“You have to believe in yourself. If you don’t, things can go wrong both on and off the pitch. And you can’t enjoy it.

“Being positive and believing in yourself is important, not only in football but also in improving as a person.”

Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
'They love the player': Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal still keen on signing Martin Odegaard
Juan Mata
'He's just amazing': Nemanja Matic talks up Man United playmaker Juan Mata
Mikel Arteta
Fabrizio Romano: Ruben Neves is on Arsenal and Man United's transfer wish-lists
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo: Spurs TV)
Tottenham prepare £45m offer for Wolves winger Adama Traore - report
Paul Merson
Paul Merson makes prediction about Chelsea FC's forgotten man Danny Drinkwater
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
'They love the player': Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal still keen on signing Martin Odegaard
Juan Mata
'He's just amazing': Nemanja Matic talks up Man United playmaker Juan Mata
Mikel Arteta
Fabrizio Romano: Ruben Neves is on Arsenal and Man United's transfer wish-lists
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo: Spurs TV)
Tottenham prepare £45m offer for Wolves winger Adama Traore - report
Paul Merson
Paul Merson makes prediction about Chelsea FC's forgotten man Danny Drinkwater
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature