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Mix of dazzling teammates and roaring fans will unlock my talent, pledges Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa

By Dean Wilkins

Finding the balance of unity and individual flair, as well as rising to roaring fans’ support, has so often inspired Manchester United to their record-breaking season so far, believes Shinji Kagawa.

Having already taken more points (56) at this stage than any of their other 12 Premier League-winning seasons, United remain on course to lift their 20th league title.

And with the backing of the fans at home, away and across the globe, Japan playmaker Kagawa has begun to settle into life at Old Trafford.

“We’ve managed many come-from-behind wins this season, which is very difficult,” he told United Review. “But if we go 1-0 down and then equalise, the feeling of unity between the supporters and players is incredible.

“Those moments encourage the players and make us feel like we can score another goal at any time.”

The 23-year-old’s first year in English football has been blighted by three months of injury and impressive form from his midfield colleagues.

With just 14 games under his belt, Kagawa is eager to use the support of fans to help his fight to cement his place as a first-team regular.

“I’m in a fantastic environment, training every day with top players,” he added. “At the same time, being with a big club like Manchester United, I know we are always expected to win trophies, which I haven’t accomplished yet.

“I love playing at Old Trafford, though, and I’m always amazed by the atmosphere of the stadium.”

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