Shinji Kagawa has turned down the chance to join a list of Manchester United legends by wearing the famous number seven shirt, with the Japanese international insisting he wants to make a name for himself rather than live off former glories.

Kagawa completed his switch, believed to be initially worth around £17.7 million, to Old Trafford over the weekend having completed a medical and obtained a UK work permit.

Michael Owen previously donned the number seven shirt, worn by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and David Beckham, however it is now vacant following the Liverpool man’s release earlier this summer.


Kagawa wore the number 23 shirt while with Borussia Dortmund and he wears the number 10 for his country.

“I've just joined the team and haven't accomplished anything yet,” said Kagawa of his decision. “I want to make a name for myself [at United] on my own terms.”

The Japanese international revealed that he turned down the number seven shirt for one with ‘personal meaning’. His new squad number has yet to be confirmed.

Kagawa went on to reveal that he has already been inspired by his first trip to Old Trafford to sign his four year contract.

'When I was at [Old Trafford], I thought about how incredible it would be if I could score there,' he said.

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