Japan midfielder Shinki Kagawa is ready to forget about his troubled time at Manchester United and prove coach Alberto Zaccheron he's the right man to lead his side out of their group.
The Daily Telegraph reports Zaccheron has doubts over the match fitness of Kagawa, but the 25-year-old insists he is ready to not only play but be the man who inspires Japan into the knockout stages of the World Cup.
Kagawa had a turbulent time at Old Trafford last season under David Moyes' nightmare reign as United manager. It was the Scots lack of belief in Kagawa that has lead to Zaccheron being concerned over his sharpness and confidence going into their opening game against Ivory Coast.
After only playing less then half of Manchester United's games during last season's campaign, questions have been raised regarding his future at club level. However, with Japan on the international stage he has always seemed to step up another level and find his own .
Both Kagawa and Japan impressed during last years Confederations Cup, which shows that Japan are very capable of producing good results, and with their most popular player insisting he wants to lead his team to success, it will only spur them on even further.
And, he's gone with the Red Devils man in their opener, selecting the number 10 to start against their African opponents.
Kagawa will be hoping to impress new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with an impressive performance on the biggest football stage of all.
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