Shinji Kagawa is desperate to tend to unfinished business in the Champions League and prove his worth in Manchester United’s juggernaut trip to Real Madrid tomorrow.
The Japan playmaker was part of Borussia Dortmund’s unfruitful tenure in the competition last season – finishing bottom of Group F with just one win.
And with a lucrative summer move to United yet to pay dividends for both parties, Kagawa is eager to make up for lost time and inspire a memorable victory.
“I’m looking forward to it,” the 23-year-old told United Review. “If I’m picked I’ll do my best to help the team reach the next stage of the competition.
“I played in the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund last season but unfortunately we couldn’t perform to our potential.
“We were too young, we didn’t have enough experience and got knocked out in the group stage.”
The Premier League leaders will be forced to overcome Madrid, who have struggled to emulate their championship-winning form of last season, for a place in the quarter-final.
And despite the Galaticos’ stellar line-up of footballing prowess, Kagawa is confident United can see off their challenge.
“United has a great history and we finished top of our group this season,” he added.
“The games against Real Madrid are going to be inspiring. It’s tough to play against Real Madrid, though.”
The fixture’s first-leg takes place at the Bernabeu tomorrow, with the reverse at Old Trafford on Tuesday March 5.
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