PLAYER PROFILE

Season 2013/14

United Honours

26. Shinji Kagawa

Birthdate:17 Mar 1989
Birthplace:Kobe, Japan
Position:Midfielder
Appearances57
Goals Scored6
Joined United:01 Jul 2012
United Debut:20 Aug 2012 v Everton (A)
International:Japan

Shinji Kagawa joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund in June 2012, having helped the German outfit to two consecutive Bundesliga titles before signing a four-year contract with the Reds.

A technically gifted, attacking midfielder with excellent close control and passing ability, the Japan international ended up with a third league winners’ medal in a row in what was Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge at Old Trafford.

Though most at home playing "in the hole" behind a centre-forward, he is also adept out wide and was frequently deployed on the left in the first year following his move. 

Shinji made his name in two successful seasons with Borussia, whom he helped to a first-ever domestic Double in 2011/12.

The German side had spotted his potential while playing in his homeland for Cerezo Osaka, for whom he signed professional forms before graduating from high school.

He helped Cerezo gain promotion to the J-League and scored seven goals in 11 appearances in the top flight before moving to the Bundesliga in 2010 for

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