Fergie - Kagawa outstanding
Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to Shinji Kagawa as he prepares to give the summer signing a first start against Ajax Cape Town.
Last Updated: 20/07/12 9:30pm
Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to Shinji Kagawa as he prepares to give the summer signing a first Manchester United start against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday.
The £17million summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund was restricted to a couple of minutes as a substitute in Durban on Wednesday.
Although it was a disappointment for the supporters who had hoped to see Kagawa in action for the first time, Ferguson claimed because the 23-year-old had arrived for training slightly later that his team-mates, he needed additional work in South Africa this week.
However, with a full house expected at the Green Point Stadium, Ferguson is ready to unleash the Japan midfielder.
And the Red Devils manager admits he has already been impressed by Kagawa during his short time with the club.
"He's been outstanding," said Ferguson.
"His training performances have been very good. He was three or four days behind everyone else, but he'll play tomorrow."
Kagawa is already being compared to Park Ji-sung, the crowd favourite from South Korea who has now joined Queens Park Rangers.
Ferguson agrees that they share the same work ethic, while he is also excited about Kagawa's ability after he helped Dortmund win back-to-back titles in Germany.
"There are similarities to Ji-sung Park. They're both disciplined, they work hard," said the Scot.
"Also, they are good professionals and excellent to work with.
"There will be no problems with him settling into the club.
"What we identified about Kagawa is exactly what I'm seeing now. The difference now is that our players are realising his qualities.
"He's got quick feet, is two-footed and had a good goal ratio with Dortmund. He's doing very well."