Ferguson ready to unleash Kagawa

Alex Ferguson has confirmed new-boy Shinji Kagawa will start Manchester United’s pre-season encounter with Ajax Cape Town today.

The £17 million 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.

Kagawa has already impressed Ferguson during his short time at Manchester United.

“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 QPR.

A member of the Dortmund side that has won back-to-back German titles, Kagawa is a more accomplished ball player than Park. However, Ferguson revealed they share the same work ethic.

“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.

“He’s got quick feet, is two-footed and had a good goal ratio with Dortmund. He’s doing very well.”

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