Shinji Kagawa: Japanese Star Will Shine in Midfield for Manchester United

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJune 6, 2012

DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 21:  Shinji Kagawa #10 of Japan celebrates his goal during the AFC Asian Cup quarter final match between Japan and Qatar at Al-Gharafa Stadium on January 21, 2011 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Make no mistake about it: Shinji Kagawa was brought to Manchester United because he's talented, not just because he sells shirts. 

Kagawa is the perfect fit for Manchester's midfield, and he'll prove it with his fantastic performance next campaign. 

It was time to breathe new life into the midfield at Old Trafford, and Manchester United are hoping Kagawa can bring what they are expecting. 

He brings youth, enthusiasm, energy, creativity and playmaking ability to a midfield that needed it desperately this past season. Veteran Paul Scholes made United more formidable in the midfield when he returned, but the need for a better option was still rearing its ugly head.

Kagawa will bring another added dimension to an already potent starting 11. He'll bring United that attacking spark they are searching for.

Kagawa scored 23 goals and added eight assists for Borussia Dortmund en route to a second consecutive German title.

Despite being 23 years old, Kagawa brings a wealth of experience, including 31 caps for Japan. Adding someone that young to the midfield of one of the most prestigious clubs in football may seem like a potential issue, but Kagawa has the experience to handle any issue thrown his way. 

Manchester United were minutes away from winning another English Premier League title this past season. They finished level with Manchester City but eight goals behind in goal differential.  

If only they had a playmaking midfielder...

They do now. Look out.