Shinji Kagawa and Sir Alex Ferguson are confident that there’s more to come from the Manchester United midfielder after a promising start to his Old Trafford career.
Japanese ace Kagawa joined United from German Champions Borussia Dortmund in June for a fee believed to be in excess of £12million.
A return of two goals from his seven appearances for the Reds is a good return, but Fergie’s summer signings must excel if they are to wrestle back the Premier League title for rivals Manchester City – they are currently 15/8 with Ladbrokes sport to do so.
And Kagawa is betting on his chances to score more goals after working with United’s coaching staff to improve his finishing.
“Don’t face the goal with your back, but move your body so you have a short way to the goal,” he told The Independent. “Shape your body so you are facing the stands.
“I have to face the goal or I won’t be a threat.”
Kagawa has certainly been a threat for United to date in his debut season in English football, netting in the 3-2 win over Fulham in August and the defeat by the same scoreline at the hands of Tottenham last month.
Adjusting to the intensity of the Premier League is something Kagawa is doing gradually, much to the delight of Ferguson.
The United manager said: “We’re very pleased with Shinji.
“Adapting to English football isn’t easy but bit by bit he’s getting down to that part.”
United entertain Stoke at Old Trafford when the Premier League resumes after the international break, shortly followed by a home Champions League tie against Braga.