New Manchester United signing Shinji Kagawa has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson has made it clear he's still got plenty of room for improvement.

The Japan international signed for Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund for £17m in the summer, and has settled well into life at Old Trafford.

But Kagawa said United boss Ferguson has given him specific advice to help him improve his game.

In The Independent, Kagawa revealed Ferguson's advice. Ferguson told Kagawa: "Don't face the goal with your back, but move your body so you have a short way to the goal. Shape your body so you are facing the stands. I have to face the goal or I won't be a threat."

The 23-year-old has impressed Ferguson with how quickly he has adapted to the Premier League, but the United boss wants more from the Japanese star.

"I've realised that I need to limber up and strengthen my body trunk," said Kagawa.

The former-Dortmund midfielder joined Manchester United this summer, along with Robin Van Persie, Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell.

And United have started the season in reasonable form. They currently sit second in the Premier League behind Chelsea, but defensive lapses have let them down, most recently against Tottenham at home.

After the international break Manchester United welcome Stoke City to Old Trafford before Portuguese side Braga make the trip to Manchester in the Champions League.

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