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27/07/2012 09:36

Papers: Shinji aims high

The Daily Mirror's David McDonnell writes...

Park was my inspiration
Shinji Kagawa has revealed how Park Ji-Sung has spurred him on to be a success at Manchester United. Japan midfielder Kagawa, a £17million buy from Borussia Dortmund, scored his first goal for United in Wednesday’s 1-0 pre-season friendly win over Shanghai Shenhua. Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Kagawa as the player who can make the difference for United this season, linking the midfield and attack with his energy, craft and goal threat. But Kagawa said he still has a long way to go to emulate Park, Asia’s biggest player, who left United for QPR this summer after seven years at Old Trafford. “This is only the beginning for me,” said Kagawa. “But Park Ji-Sung is the best player Asia has ever produced – there’s no doubt about that. He played regularly for United for a long time and I can’t be sure how long it will take me to establish myself in the team like him. But I will always work hard to do so. Watching him play for United motivated me a lot. I began to truly believe Asian players could play in big clubs. I was expecting we could help each other and play together at United. It’s a shame that he left. But, like Park, I will focus every day on training and do my best to stay here a long time.”

Ryan Giggs is widely quoted after Great Britain's draw with Senegal, and the United veteran was far from happy with the Africans' overly-physical approach. "All you want is a bit of protection," he said. "There were a few naughty challenges in there. A few of our lads are probably struggling for Sunday now."

The Robin van Persie transfer saga continues, with several newspapers echoing yesterday's reports that Manchester City are labouring in the race for the Dutchman. The Guardian claims United and Juventus are front runners, with both clubs set to make fresh bids.

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