Jürgen Klopp ‘surprised’ Man United sold Shinji Kagawa
Jürgen Klopp admits that he was surprised to see Manchester United sell Shinji Kagawa back to Borussia Dortmund
Jürgen Klopp has admitted his surprise at Manchester United’s decision to sell Shinji Kagawa back to Borussia Dortmund this summer.
The Japan international returned to the Bundesliga club on a permanent deal after failing to establish himself during two seasons at Old Trafford.
“I was kind of surprised Kagawa was on the market again,” said Klopp.
“His first year at Manchester United was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last year, so that isn’t the time to develop players. The only thing you want at that stage is results and titles.
“Kagawa’s second year at United was the first year of the new coach, so that’s also all about results. Then there was a third manager with a very successful philosophy [Louis van Gaal].
“So we saw the chance to sign Kagawa and we took it. Kagawa was sensational against Freiburg.”