Shinji Kagawa explains reason for Manchester United exit

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Shinji Kagawa has revealed that when it became apparent that his Manchester United career was over, he only wanted to re-join Borussia Dortmund - and also explained the problems that led to his departure.

The playmaker cost the Red Devils £17 million in 2012 but he failed to shine, and returned his former club this summer in a deal worth around £7 million.

Kagawa is revered in Dortmund but could never really live up to the hype at Old Trafford because of a mixture of bad luck, injuries and being played out of position. Overall he played 38 league games for Manchester United, and scored just six goals in that time. 

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He showed his former employers what they were missing by scoring on his debut against Freiburg last week.

Once it became apparent that his time with Manchester United was coming to an end, Kagawa insisted he was only ever going to join. The playmaker also admitted that his lack of goals and assists counted against him.

"My decision was clear: I wanted to return to BVB and only to BVB," said Kagawa, who won two Bundesliga titles and the DFB-Pokal during his first spell at the club. "I want to achieve success with this club again, and with no other."

"Only facts matter in football -- stats, goals, assists, titles -- and a lot was missing in this regard. That was probably why they no longer included me in their plans."

Bury the hatchet

Wayne Rooney has moved to bury the hatchet with former Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson, saying he is grateful for everything the veteran boss did for him during his career.

Relations between the pair appeared strained when Rooney handed in a transfer request not long before Ferguson retired, but the striker insists he was fortunate to have worked under the iconic manager.


And finally yet more speculation has hit the papers today regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's potential move to Manchester United - German paper Bild say he is demanding a £500,000-per-week contract.

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