Shinji Kagawa: I’ve failed to meet people’s expectations at Man United

Shinji Kagawa admits that he failed to live up to people’s expectations during his first season at Manchester United

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

Shinji Kagawa has admitted that he failed to live up to people’s expectations during his first season at Manchester United.

The Japan international, who joined in a £17m deal from Dortmund in 2011, managed to scored six goals in 20 Premier League appearances during an injury-hit first campaign in the English top-flight.

Kagawa has found his first-team opportunities limited this term under new boss David Moyes, but the 24-year-old feels that one goal could help transform his fortunes at Old Trafford.

“Getting injured early on last season was sad and disappointing,” Kagawa told United Review.

“After my transfer I was very aware of people’s expectations but I couldn’t meet them, which was frustrating.

“Later in the season I got some chances to play and by then I was more accustomed to the team and my environment, so I played much better than I had in the first half of the campaign although I wasn’t 100 per cent satisfied overall.”

He added: “This season I want to improve my performances and make this season better than the last. Even though I haven’t yet scored this season, I believe one goal will give me confidence and set me on my way.”

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