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Classy Kagawa Aims For Rooney & RVP

Shinji Kagawa has set Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie as his benchmarks as he seeks to cement his place at Manchester United.

On duty with Japan ahead of their assault on the Confederations  Cup, Red Devil Kagawa is feeling good about his progress at the Premier League champions.

After a timid start and a season stinting injury, Kagawa began to assert himself at the Theatre of Dreams, and he will take to the field in Brazil this weekend as one of the Samurai Blues’ form players.

But the 24-year-old midfielder sets lofty targets for himself, and knows that he still has some improving to do, in order to attain the level of his illustrious club-mates.

"I wasn't satisfied with my overall performance but I played well in the second half of the season and started to get more and more confidence," Kagawa told Sports Illustrated.

"Hopefully, I can keep that going at the Confederations Cup."

"In this business, you need to be like (Wayne) Rooney or (Robin) van Persie and prove yourself if you want the ball.

"I want to be a player like them, which means I need results."

United’s fans were excited by Kagawa’s arrival from Borussia Dortmund last season, and were happy to witness his form improving.

Many of them will have adopted Japan as a second team at the Confederations Cup, and all eyes will be on classy Kagawa when the Samurai Blue open the tournament against hosts Brazil on Saturday. 

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