United’s interest in Kagawa was confirmed when Sir Alex flew to Germany to watch his side Dortmund beat Bayern Munich in the German Cup final, and Kagawa also flew to Manchester for talks with Sir Alex in regards to a move, but yesterday United announced that they had got their man.
Kagawa, who is still way on international duty as Japan prepare to face Jordan on Friday, was coy on the situation and attempted to duck questions on the matter before saying:
“I haven’t put pen to paper yet,” Kagawa said. “We still have two more games to play, and the entire team is focused on these qualifiers.
“I’ll talk about all of this once I’m done here. I hope people will understand.”
Whilst Kagawa was tight lipped others in the Japanese camp were more forthcoming and congratulated their team mate on his move.
CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda, a player United had been linked with in the past, said:
“Shinji deserves to be playing for a top club. He belongs.
“I hope he does well.”
Talented Arsenal midfielder Ryo Miyaich was quick to praise his country man, and backed him to shine at Manchester United despite the magnitude of the job he faces. He told Kyodo News:
“Kagawa can keep the ball in the smallest of spaces and is a quick decision-maker.
“He can play there for sure.
“He’s Japan’s No. 10, and I think he’ll be able to perform even at a glamorous side like Manchester United.”