Individual highlights: New Manchester United signing Shinji Kagawa (Japan) v Australia

“I want to play [in the hole at Manchester United]. I feel like that’s where I play my best football. I plan on working hard so I can win my place at the position.” – Shinji Kagawa speaking on Wednesday to Kyodo news agency.


Japan drew 1-1 away at Australia in 2014 World Cup qualification on Tuesday, and once again new Manchester United signing Shinji Kagawa gave plenty of reasons to boost belief that the Red Devils have bought a top draw player.

Wearing the number 10 and playing “in the hole,” Kagawa was a menace to the Socceroos.

With Shinji Okazaki and Riochyi Maeda positioned in the more advanced roles for the Blue Samurai, Kagawa probed the Aussie backline from central and left-ish positions.

Usually picking up the ball either just inside the Australia half or in-and-around the penalty box, he was was able to display a series of excellent first touches and cool distribution skills as he passed the hot potato in the final third.

Although Kagawa wasn’t involved in Japan’s only goal (scored by Yuzo Kurihara in the 65th), the future Mancunian had a couple of shots on target while being involved in numerous Japanese attacks.

Shinji Kagawa’s performance vs Australia can be seen here:

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