Shinji Kagawa has shown flashes of undoubted quality in his debut season with the Reds, and as he settles at United and in Manchester, he hopes he gets even better...
Which of your United team-mates have you become friends with?
I talk a lot with Alex Büttner who is also in his first season with the team, and I take English classes with David De Gea, too. I have to study English much harder to communicate more with my team-mates.
Have you learnt much about Manchester United's history?
Yes, I know about all the historical events in the past, like the Munich air crash. And for me, personally, the fact that an Asian player, Ji-Sung Park, played for the club had a big impact on me. I used to watch United matches on TV when I was little, too.
How have you found life in Manchester?
The weather is not as good as I imagined [laughs]! It rains a lot and it’s often cloudy. But I’m used to it now. My house is relaxing and I’ve found some nice restaurants. Most of all, I’m able to focus only on football in Manchester, which is very good for a football player. Once in a while I visit London for a short break.
What are your impressions of Sir Alex so far?
The way he gives a pep talk during half time is something I had never seen before. His instructions when we do not play well are tremendous, which helps players flip a switch before going out for the second half.
You’ve played on the left side of midfield, in the centre of midfield and behind the main striker. Which do you believe is your best position?
I have the most experience in playing behind the striker. However, I just want to be part of the team. I will play wherever the manager wants me to play; I am a versatile player and I want to play well in any position I’m asked to play in, as United have many good players.
How much are you looking forward to the games with Real Madrid?
I played in the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund last season but we didn’t have enough experience. United has a great history and we finished top of our group this season. The games against Real Madrid are going to be inspiring. It’s tough to play against Real Madrid in the knockout