When you think of Shinji Kagawa, it’s almost impossible not to think about the Japanese midfielder’s failed stint at Manchester United.
Kagawa was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012 but made just 57 appearances before returning to Borussia Dortmund in 2014.
Man United fans felt at the time that Kagawa, who failed to impress under Ferguson and David Moyes and was sold by Louis van Gaal, wasn’t given a fair opportunity to make an impact in the Premier League.
“I was still young, just 24 or 25,” Kagawa said last year as he reflected on his time at Man United in an interview with FourFourTwo. “I had a lot of experiences there and that helped me grow.
“Of course there were good players there but everyone thinks differently. I just have to accept how everything went.”
When asked what he would do differently if he could relive his Man United career, Kagawa answered: “Fight more, every day.”
He went on: “Even a small player like me should fight every day to succeed at a club like Manchester United.
“Of course, you also have to be mentally strong.”
Kagawa has posted a brilliant video on Twitter
The theme of being young and small ties in well with the video that Kagawa has just posted on social media.
Posted at 1:30pm BST, it’s already been retweeted more than 3,000 times. And it’s easy to see why.
Kagawa appears with a young kid, a ball at his feet. He proceeds to toy with the lad, repeatedly nutmegging him and keeping the ball away until the boy begins to cry.
Now, anyone who’s been in this situation knows just how fun it is to watch as a little lad tries as hard as he can to take the ball off you.
Yet Kagawa is a professional footballer. He could have kept it up for hours if he fancied it.
Watch the video below.
Very cruel, Shinji!
The Japan international has rediscovered his confidence in Germany, where he has received regular game time at the Westfalenstadion.
He was part of the Dortmund side that won the DFB Pokal last season and Man United fans have been left to wonder what might have been.