While Kagawa’s signing does have obvious financial benefits, the primary reason he has been brought in is to infuse the Manchester United ranks with a finished, world-class playmaker. He will not only add that level of panache to the United midfield, but he will also allow them to compete in both domestic and European fronts.
Furthermore, Kagawa equips Sir Alex Ferguson with a myriad of opportunities to improve upon tactics. Versatility is the key these days. A quick look back at the recently finished Euros has shown that the classic 4-4-2 is now outdated. It is time to move forward by employing other formations.
Kagawa allows United to play either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 formation alongside Sir Alex’s preferred 4-4-2. This means greater control in midfield, more firepower upfront and greater possession.
In a 4-2-3-1 formation, which might suit both Sir Alex and Kagawa, the Japanese maestro will, in most likelihood, take up the position of attacking central midfielder (ACM), sitting behind United’s talisman, Wayne Rooney. This will allow him to orchestrate fluid play and also take shots when deemed necessary.
Besides boasting the usual repertoire required for an ACM—great vision, passing and dribbling skills—Kagawa can also score goals. And by the plentiful. Last season alone, Kagawa amassed 13 goals in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund and played a key role in their title-winning season.
One thing is for certain—Kagawa does not shy away from taking shots. He also is deft at creating spaces. He will work well with Rooney and Antonio Valencia, receiving passes from them and scoring.
To those who doubt his goal-scoring abilities, here are some of his best goals thus far.