Kagawa: I need more time to settle

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Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa has admitted he's found it difficult to settle at Old Trafford following his £17m summer move from Borussia Dortmund.

The Japan international has revealed he feels disappointed with his early form for United, and has asked fans to give him more time to settle in the Premier League.

Since joining Manchester United, Kagawa has found himself either stuck out on the left wing, or left out of the team completely, and the former-Dortmund star didn't feature at all during United's 4-2 victory over Stoke at the weekend.

And, speaking to Kyodo News, the Japanese star admitted he needs more time to find his feet in England.

"To be honest, I don't believe I have yet cemented my place [in the team]," said Kagawa.

"There is not one game that I can be satisfied with the way I played over the 90 minutes. I still feel I need more time to adapt.

"It is fate for any player that plays for a big club and I am trying to draw on the positives."

The 23-year-old has reportedly signed on to a personalised fitness regime at United's Carrington training base, designed to bulk up the slender playmaker, and Kagawa revealed he still feels he needs to work on his English.

"I need to communicate better so I can get my timing right when asking for the ball and things like that," Kagawa said.

The Japan star scored 17 times for Dortmund last year, as the German side swept to the Bundesliga title and a German Cup, and Kagawa already has two goals for the Red Devils this year.

But the former-Dortmund star didn't play against Stoke, as United came from behind to win 4-2 inspired by Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. Sir Alex Ferguson's side sit second in the table, four points behind Premier League pace-setters Chelsea.

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