TOKYO: Japan’s Shinji Kagawa was strongly backed to make an impact for Manchester United on the field as well as off it as he prepared to become the English Premier League’s most expensive Asian player. Kagawa’s Japan teammates said the 23-year-old deserved his move to the English giants, while experts said the versatile attacking midfielder would be an important asset for United — and not just for his marketing potential. “Shinji deserves to be playing for a top club where he belongs,” said fellow Japan international Keisuke Honda. “I hope he does well.” Kagawa has caught the eye with 21 goals in 49 appearances over two seasons for Borussia Dortmund, who won the German league and cup double this year, as well as a hatful of assists.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2012.
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