EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Eyes on the prize

"I won the league two years in a row at Dortmund and last year I won the title with United, which was a special experience. I’m lucky to have played for teams who are winning silverware. But you never get bored of it – it’s always new and different and fresh. I want to win more and more each year and I’ll do my best in every competition I play in."

- Shinji Kagawa, United Review

06/12/2013 09:30, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Kagawa keyed up

Shinji Kagawa recently sat down for an exclusive interview with United Review, the matchday programme at Old Trafford. Here's what the popular Japanese star had to say...

The manager said it took you a while to find your feet this season - is that a fair assessment?

I think that's fair. After playing in the Confederations Cup over the summer, I was a bit late joining the team. Under a new manager all the players were starting from scratch but I felt a little behind the others. It's hard to reach peak condition at the start of the season and the truth is I wasn't satisfied early on. I didn't play in many games at the start but I believed if I trained harder I would get the rewards. My fitness is much better now and will improve even more in time. I'm not quite in optimum form but I'm feeling good.

You picked up your first winner's medal in England last season. A lot of the players say that winning trophies only makes them more hungry to achieve more - is that how you feel?
I won the league two years in a row at Dortmund and last year I won the title with United, which was a special experience. I'm lucky to have played for teams who are winning silverware. But you never get bored of it - it's always new and different and fresh. I want to win more and more each year and I'll do my best in every competition I play in.

Though you missed a chunk of last season through injury, you still played plenty of games. Were you satisfied with your contribution to the title win?
Getting injured early on last season was sad and disappointing. After my transfer I was very aware of people's expectations but I couldn't meet them, which was frustrating. Later in the season I got some chances to play and by then I was more accustomed to the team and my environment, so I played much better than I had in the first half of the campaign although I wasn't 100 per cent satisfied overall. This season I want to improve my performances and make this season better than the last. Even though I haven't yet scored this season, I believe one goal will give me confidence and set me on my way.

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