The Japanese playmaker earned praise for his second-half display against Swansea at the weekend, pulling the creative strings after moving into a central role and making our Man of the Match shortlist.
Now in his second season at United following his switch from Bundesliga heavyweights Borussia Dortmund, the 24-year-old admits he’s still adapting to the greater physical demands of the English top flight.
"I think I can still improve my strength," he told ManUtd.jp. "I’m not the tallest or biggest player so I have to move my body more.
"Smaller players in the Premier League are very good at using their bodies [to get past the opposition] and that’s what I will continue to do.
"I realise the Premier League is a very tough league and I know I have to be stronger."
Shinji may be a perfectionist but he’s certainly made a positive impression on United’s new coaching staff this season.
"He’s such an intelligent and creative player that he makes everybody around him play well,” assistant manager Steve Round said.