Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that the signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea by David Moyes marked the end of Shinji Kagawa's United career.
Kagawa at United
Kagawa, who was signed by Sir Alex from Borussia Dortmund back in the summer of 2012, enjoyed a good first season at the club which saw him take the Premier League title. However Ferguson's sudden retirement after that season made life complicated for the Japanese international as he had difficulties settling in under the Scot's successor.
Moyes signed Mata from rivals Chelsea in the January transfer window of this year for a then club record fee of £37.1million, which meant Kagawa was starved of even more game time.
Ferguson told German newspaper Bild: "Shinji is back in the environment in which he feels right. And he has with Klopp a coach who gives him the necessary self-confidence.
"I was very pleased with Shinji. He had settled in well with me, and I also had the feeling that he felt comfortable with us.
"Every coach has his own philosophy. As Moyes preferred Mata, Kagawa has felt that he is no longer first choice and was a bit resigned."
Van Gaal disappointment
The diminutive No.10 had hoped to resurrect his United career under new manager Louis van Gaal after Moyes was sacked from the club, but unfortunately failed to impress the Dutchman. This eventually saw him go back to Dortmund for an undisclosed fee this summer.
Kagawa has been in scintillating form since his return to the Signal Iduna Park as he scored and provided an assist on his second debut for the club in a a 3-1 win over SC Freiburg which marked a dream homecoming. Kagawa also drew in high praise after a very impressive performance in the Champions League rout of Anderlecht last week.