Shinji Kagawa’s quotes about David Moyes were wrongly translated & reported

Quotes from Shinji Kagawa after Japan’s international friendly over Ghana quickly spread like wildfire.

When asked about his lack of playing time for Manchester United this season, Kagawa suggested the journalist speak to David Moyes.

Hence headlines of “Kagawa venting his frustration” or “Kagawa hits out at Moyes” but these, as you might expect, are rather simplistic.

For the record, Kagawa said the following: “Please ask David Moyes why I’m not in the (Manchester United) side. It is frustrating not playing but to score a goal like that gives me confidence. Hopefully I can take that back to my club with me and things will improve. It’s hard not playing regularly. Some days the frustration is worse than others; it comes in waves. So it’s nice to come back to Japan and get to play, and to score felt good.”

Kagawa continued: I just have to keep working hard and keep pushing for my chance. When I get back it will be a challenge to get into the team. When I get back to my club I have to wait for my chance in the Champions League and the Premier League. I’m sure my chance will come.”

Despite all the headlines, we are indebted to a professional Japanese/English translator Ben Mabley who explained that Kagawa was simply being polite (in traditional Japanese fashion) and was not criticising new Manchester United boss David Moyes.

A host of Mabley’s best Tweets on this subject are below.


Shinji Kagawa