David Moyes hopes to get his first glimpse of Shinji Kagawa on Tuesday evening when Manchester United take on Yokohama F•Marinos in the Kagome Re:Generation Challenge.
Kagawa rejoined his Reds team-mates for the first time since May on Monday as United jetted into Japan on the third stop of Tour 2013 presented by Aon.
And while Shinji isn't expected to start on Tuesday (he was granted an extended holiday following his involvement for Japan in last month's Confederations Cup), Moyes told reporters that he's "looking forward to working with" the 24-year-old.
"I know a little about him as a player," David explained. "Sir Alex spoke in glowing terms about Shinji and how good a player he is. I've just met him today, so we're getting to know each other. I'm trying to learn Japanese and he's trying to understand my Scottish!
"It was his first season in the Premier League last year. He's a young player so we hope his development continues. I look forward to working with him and hopefully he has a really good season coming up."