Barker delight at Crawley win

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa admits he wishes he

could have contributed more to his side’s Premier League title

winning season.

Kagawa, who arrived at Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund last

summer, started his debut season at United brightly but suffered a

knee injury in October which kept him sidelined for two months.

The 24-year-old scored five goals in 18 Premier League outings

for the club, including his hat-trick in the 4-0 success over

Norwich last month.

The Japan international has earned plaudits in his home country

after helping United to a 20th league title but believes he could

have offered more to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

He said: “I was looking to produce even more results. I was

injured and I felt things didn’t go well easily.

“I had a lot of conflict, frustration and worries. In that

sense, I think it has been a profound year.

“Honestly, I haven’t contributed as much as I did at


“I was even injured. I still don’t quite have that feeling of


Despite feeling he could have offered more on an individual

level, Kagawa was pleased to be part of three successive title wins

after helping Dortmund to back-to-back championships following his

move from J-League club Cerezo Osaka in 2010.

The midfielder is hoping to build on that tally, adding: “I’ve

managed to win three in a row. I think my career is bound to get

better and better.”

The Reds boast victories against Sheffield United, Coventry and

Preston in their debut season in League One, without conceding a

goal, and Barker believes that speaks volumes for the progress they

have made.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve beaten clubs like that. The challenge

for us now is to do it on a regular basis,” he said after an early

strike from Mike Jones clinched victory at Broadfield Stadium on

Tuesday night.

“We’ve got an opportunity now to reach 70 points and finishing

as high as seventh. We’ve won three of our last four games and want

to make it four out of five in our final game at home to Hartlepool

on Saturday.”