Kagawa made his move to Old Trafford from German champions Borussia Dortmund in the summer for £12million – something of a steal for Sir Alex Ferguson in desperate need of some creativity in his aging midfield.
His signing was perhaps eclipsed by the Scotsman’s secure of the lucrative services of Robin van Persie from Arsenal but Kagawa has been working diligently for his new club and has got on the score sheet twice this season.
But the player seems to be his own worst critic, claiming he is less than satisfied with his performances so far this season and even suggested he hasn’t done enough to make himself a regular first-team fixture on the team sheet.
"To be honest, I don't believe I have yet cemented my place. 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.”
The Premier League is infamous for it’s ability to make or break careers – many stars have found their lights shining less than brightly on it’s stage and the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ is probably one the hardest places in the world to make your name.
"It is fate for any player that plays for a big club and I am trying to draw on the positives," he continued.
He lost his place in the team for last weekend’s game against Stoke at Old Trafford, where he failed to even make the bench, something that is likely to be a concern for the new boy who is eager to impress.
“I need to push and show my strengths. You gain trust when you deliver results."
It can and often does take time to settle into the Premier League, especially at such a prestigious club like Manchester United. The pressure of playing for one of the best managers in the modern game can sometimes affect the confidence of new players.
But Kagawa intends to work on his game and become the player Sir Alex Ferguson paid £12million pounds for.
“I need to communicate better so I can get my timing right when asking for the ball and things like that.”
All in good time.