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Japan hails Kagawa after his 1st goal for Man Utd

Published on Aug 26, 2012 3:23 PM
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa celebrates his goal against Fulham during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England on Aug 25, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese newspapers on Sunday hailed playmaker Shinji Kagawa after he netted his first goal in the Premier League on his home debut following his big-money move to Manchester United.

The 17 million pound ($$33.6 million) signing from Borussia Dortmund, touched in from close-range to score United's second goal in a 3-2 victory over Fulham on his first appearance at Old Trafford.

"Kagawa played the central role in United's offence when Wayne Rooney was left out," the Sports Nippon daily said, reporting on the Japanese international's appearance on its front page.

"Kagawa became the star in the Theatre of Dreams - Old Trafford!" said the Nikkan Sports tabloid. Kagawa told Japanese media after the match that United, last year's Premier League runners-up, demanded a high level of performance, telling Jiji Press he was confident he could live up to expectations.

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