Man United’s Shinji Kagawa: I wasn’t good enough at World Cup

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa apologises to Japan fans after their World Cup campaign ended on Tuesday night

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Man United midfielder Shinji Kagawa Photo: Back Page Images

Shinji Kagawa has apologised to Japan supporters after the Manchester United midfielder was unable to prevent his country finishing bottom of Group C.

Japan’s World Cup campaign came to an end on Tuesday night following an emphatic 4-1 defeat by group winners Colombia, with Kagawa and co failing to win a single point.

I just wasn’t good enough to achieve anything and I feel sorry for letting them down

Shinji Kagawa

And the Red Devils star, who moved to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund in a £17m deal in 2012, was disappointed by his own performance in Brazil.

“I know many fans were rooting for us and I felt their strong expectations,” Kagawa said.

“But I just wasn’t good enough to achieve anything and I feel sorry for letting them down. It is frustrating that the World Cup is now over.”

Asked about his return to United: “My career goes on. It might take some time to accept this but I’ll prepare myself to move on.”

Kagawa made three assists in 18 Premier League appearances last season.

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