Man Utd’s Shinji Kagawa: I have to become stronger in Premier League

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa admits that he must toughen up to survive in the Premier League

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Shinji Kagawa joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund Photo: Back Page Images

Shinji Kagawa admits that he must improve his strength if the Manchester United midfielder wants to be a Premier League success.

The Japan international has found his first-team opportunities limited under new Red Devils boss David Moyes this season, starting seven top-flight games.

I realise the Premier League is a very tough league and I know I have to be stronger

Shinji Kagawa

In fact, Kagawa has only racked up 24 Premier League starts since the highly-rated 24-year-old completed a £12m move from Borussia Dortmund in June 2012.

But the United midfielder acknowledged he must become stronger if he wants to survive in the demanding English top-flight.

“I think I can still improve my strength. I’m not the tallest or biggest player, so I have to move my body more,” Kagawa told United’s website.

“Smaller players in the Premier League are very good at using their bodies [to get past the opposition] and that’s what I will continue to do.

“I realise the Premier League is a very tough league and I know I have to be stronger.”

Despite speculation surrounding his Red Devils future, Kagawa insisted that he is enjoying working under Moyes this season.

He added: “It has been quite hard work and training is fairly intense because there have been so many games recently, so we have had to concentrate on practising in a very short period of time. But the sessions have been very good.”

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