Former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin is expecting big things of new signing Shinji Kagawa next season.
The Japanese international is set to complete his move to Old Trafford, subject to passing a medical and a successful work permit application, ahead of pre-season activities for the 2012/13 season.
And, after impressing for German double winners Borussia Dortmund last season, the ex-Irish international full-back believes Kagawa could be exactly what United need next season in their bid to win the Premier League title back from Manchester City.
"He’s the type of player that most United fans felt we needed, an attacking, all-action player,” Irwin told the official Red Devils website.
"I saw him playing a couple of matches for Borussia Dortmund and he seemed a very talented player, lively with great technique. I know he was highly rated in Germany.
"I think he’ll be a great signing and fans should be excited by the prospect of him playing for us because he can run with the ball, create chances and score goals. He’s just what we need."
Question marks over the player’s ability to adapt to the English game will remain until the big kick-off in August, but having switched from J League 2 to the Bundesliga without incident, expectation is high for an instant impact.
Sir Alex Ferguson scouted the player on a number of occasions, most recently in the 5-2 German Cup final win over Bayern Munich, and Irwin is convinced all the right homework was done on the player before a move was made.
"Physically it could be tougher than Germany but the Bundesliga can be quite tough, and other smaller players have shown that size doesn’t prevent you being a success in the Premier League," he added.
"The manager will have done his homework on him – he went out to see him in the German Cup final when Dortmund beat Munich 5-2, in which he scored.
"So Sir Alex will have assessed him and decided he’s got what it takes to be a Manchester United player."
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