Kagawa shines with hat trick for United
Manchester United fans arrived at Old Trafford ready to hail
Ryan Giggs, but left with the name of another midfielder on their
Shinji Kagawa made a strong start to his first season at United,
but a knee injury sustained in a Champions League match in October
kept the Japan international out for two months and left him
scratching around for form.
He was back with a bang on Saturday.
Kagawa became the first Asian player to score a hat trick in the
English Premier League as he guided the league leaders to a 4-0 win
”It was a brilliant day for him,” said United manager Alex
Ferguson, who spent 12 million pounds ($18 million) to bring Kagawa
from German champion Borussia Dortmund in the offseason.
All three of the goals came from composed finishes, his first on
the stroke of halftime a measured volley inside the near post to
put United on its way. Kagawa then wrong-footed Norwich goalkeeper
Mark Bunn in the 76th after running onto Rooney’s pass and he
chipped Bunn to complete his hat trick three minutes from time.
The 23-year-old Kagawa had scored only twice for United before
Saturday and Ferguson said he expects more from him next
”He is a good finisher,” Ferguson said. ”His second goal was
composed and intelligent, his last was brilliant.
”He missed that period of football in October and November that
set him back a bit. He is gradually getting his form back but next
year he will be far better, you will see a really good player
United defender Rio Ferdinand, who didn’t play against Norwich,
took to Twitter to praise Kagawa and his ”2 silky feet.”
Despite his exploits, Kagawa is unlikely to be retained in
United’s team for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Real
Madrid having started with midfielders Nani, Ashley Young and Tom
Cleverley on the bench for the Norwich game.
Giggs wasn’t even in the matchday squad on Saturday but will
return against Madrid, where he will make his 1,000th senior
competitive appearance, taking in club and country.