Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that the Premier League is yet to see the best from Summer signing Shinji Kagawa, and says the Japan international needs time to adapt to the physicality of the English game.
Kagawa joined United in a 16m Euro deal from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, where he had won two league titles, and scored 13 goals in 31 league matches for the German side in his last season.
Despite a slow start to his career in Manchester, Ferguson is confident the player will establish himself on the Premier League:
“The difference between German and English football is that in Germany you can’t foul. You are not allowed to touch anyone in Germany, so he has come from that environment to the Premier League which is totally different,” Ferguson told the Telegraph.
Earlier this month Kagawa spoke of his frustration at getting injuries this season, and says he has no worries that he will be a success at United, despite the huge pressure.
When asked by the club website whether he was satisfied with his Man Utd career so far, he revealed:
“I’m not satisfied so far, but then I am always very critical of my own performances. Even worse, though, I got injured. I had to go through the frustrations that come with getting injured in my first season with the team.
“Now I’m just doing my best to catch up on what I have missed. There’s a lot of pressure when you play for this club, but all I can do at the moment is keep working hard every day to bring out the best in me. I’m confident my hard work will pay off.”
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