Shinji Kagawa Signs For Manchester United

Shinji Kagawa

Birthdate: 17 March 1989
Position: Midfielder
Previous clubs: FC Miyagi Barcelona, Cerezo Osaka

Kagawa turns down the famous number 7 shirt

The number 7 shirt has been blessed by such greats as Cantona, Beckham, Ronaldo and Best and has long since been considered a special shirt and a great privilege to wear it, however Kagawa has remarkably turned down the offer to wear it "I've just joined the team and haven't accomplished anything yet," Kagawa told journalists in Japan after his 12-hour return flight. "I want to make a name for myself [at United] on my own terms.", it looks at this he wants to earn the right to wear it first and may also be concerned about the pressure to perform that the shirt brings and the big shoes to fill and how it may increase peoples attempts to compare him to former greats, whether positively or negatively.

This decision also shows a great attitude from the Man Utd's new man and a certain modesty, im sure he will be a great signing and perhaps in a year orso he can take the number 7 shirt, should United reserve it for him.

The Scoop

Manchester United have confirmed that they have reached a deal with both Dortmund and Shinji Kagawa for around 12 million. This is rumored to potentially extend to 17 million depending on apps but none the less in the current climate of the transfer market this is quite a modest figure for what could become a star of the EPL. The deal will be made official following a medial and Kagawa obtaining a work permit.


The Japanese player is only 23 years old and was already voted as the Player of the year in the 2010-2012 Bundesliga season, pipping the likes of Arjen Robben who is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world at the moment.

Whilst Bayern Munich were dominating Europe in the Champions league this season, it was quite a surprise to see that they were getting beaten to the Bundesliga by Borussia Dortmund. It was therefore obvious that they had a few hidden stars because they dont exactly have the same high profile players that teams such as the likes of Barcelona and Bayern even.

Shinji is definitely one of those underrated players and really could set alight the EPL. He is an attack minded midfielder who plays through the center, an area which Manchester United have been needing to strengthen for a while now, with no CM fully demanding a place. He has scored 13 goals in 33 games and definitely carries a goal threat


A look to 2012/2013

Hes very direct and possess great technical ability which in combination with his stature has earnt him comparisons to Lionel Messi. It is very surprising that Manchester United havent had much competition for the midfielder in the way that Chelsea did over Eden Hazard.

Fergie was present in Dortmunds 5 - 2 win over rivals Bayern in the Cup final towards the end of the season, quite a remarkable score in which Kagawa got a goal himself and surely impressed Sir Alex, so it was no surprise when the rumors began of his transfer to United.

Manchester United have just lost lost the EPL to bitter rivals Manchester City and will need to strengthen their squad if they are to regain their position at the top of the pack. Shinji appears to be the first signing and dont be surprised if its not the last we see.

Asian Fanbase

Shinji is a Japanese international. Manchester United have a huge following in east asia and this no doubt helped them to secure the transfer, its no doubt that Kagawa has desired to play for Manchester United who are still deemed to be footballing superstars in his home land.

Manchester United report having a fan base of 656 Million and a remarkable 325 Million of which is said to be Asian. This is sure to see a huge boost in Shirt sales, with Japanese fans likely to get Kagawa on the back of their shirts.

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sadeem 4 years ago from Birmingham

Hopefully he is the first of many new signings

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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

Clever how United are going for players from different parts of Asia. They clearly realise how many football fans there are following the English Premier League over there and how rich some of them are becoming. Japan especially seem to love Football with a passion. Good signing, he'll pretty much be (more than) free because of all the support you'll gain over there.

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one2get2no 4 years ago from Olney

Good signing for United as they need a strong creative midfielder. Hopefully they have a few more players like Leighton Baines and Modric on their hit list this summer.

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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

Baines? Really think hes gonna sit on the bench for when Evra isnt playing? Are you mad :P Not sure he'd want to play right back. Modric would be good though for sure, could probz get him too since Chelsea won the Champions League and so Spurs missed out on CL football next season.

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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

Khedira could be a good signing for United. Hes not really had many games for Real because of Alonso, but hes a fantastic player capable of dropping deep and pushing up too. He is 25 but has plenty of experience. I think he'd be what United are missing most in midfield and he wouldnt be ridiculously priced or demand ludicrous wages either.

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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Yeah Khediera is a solid player, nothing spectacular though, would like to see Utd aim higher than that. Some who know Kagawa well have said hes abit like Modric himself, wonder if itd be a good or a bad thing to have 2 simillar players. Cabaye has been linked too, that'd be nice. wouldnt mind baines but him and evra are quite closely matched, cant imagine benching evra or baines settling for non first team football.

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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

Higher than that? Who? Schweinsteiger is the only one who can tackle and take control of midfield and also get forward and assist and score more than Khedira. But seriously mate, you aint gonna get him and if you did he'd break the bank and cost you ridiculous wages.

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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Yeah Schweinsteiger, that kind of transfer, gotta aim high, we want global domination not Real Madrids hand me downs

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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

Looks like Chelsea might be pushing for the title this year. United are the 3rd best horse at the races so far I think. Depends on who Chelsea manager will be though but they have a team to rival City if they get Hulk I feel.

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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Its gonna be exciting isnt it, once Eden Hazard went to chelsea it really sent a message, they are ready to fight again. Gotta say that Arsenal bringing in Podolski are even more of a threat, if they keep RVP its a free for all in the top four, i couldnt call it at all

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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

Marin is as good if not better than Hazard too, its just he didn't go for a record fee thats all and came from a relatively unknown league to Englishmen. If they get Hulk too theyll be a massive attacking force provided Torres can also step up.

biniam 4 years ago

fantastic payer

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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Looks good doesnt he, nice that he got underway already vs Shenghia Shenua, but he looks like an intelligent player, constantly linking up play, playing it simple but comfortable running with the ball.

For me, he reminds me of Modric but perhaps even better and a lot less cheaper ;)

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edmob1 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hopefully Shinji stays fit and if so this could be VFM signing of the season for the EPL. I still cant believe Dortmund let him go so cheap. As they are not exactly swamped with midfield attack minded players. I look forward to seeing him play many matches.

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