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Zaccheroni confident Kagawa can succeed

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Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni believes midfielder Shinji Kagawa has all the attributes needed to be a success at Manchester United.

The Borussia Dortmund double-winner is poised to complete his move to Old Trafford in the next fortnight, with just the formalities of a medical and work permit standing in the way of his switch to the Premier League.

Set to become the first Japanese player to represent the Red Devils in the club’s long and illustrious history, his national team manager is convinced that the player can go on to enjoy great success in England.

"I haven't offered him my congratulations yet. I've only said to him 'good luck' because this is just the start for him. I know he'll need results to be deemed a success at Manchester United,” Zaccheroni is quoted as saying on the official United website.

"But I fully expect to congratulate him three years from now because he clearly has the mental strength and the technical ability to make it there."

Yet to comment on the proposed move, Kagawa has been going about his business at international level quietly, notching a goal in the 6-0 demolition of ten-man Jordan on Friday night in a World Cup qualifier.

And, in the eyes of Zaccheroni, everything seems to be heading in the right direction for the Samurai Blue, with a number of top players making their mark in Europe.

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