Shinji Kagawa has left Manchester United to return to Borussia Dortmund. He has signed a four-year contract and will wear the no.7 shirt.
"The day I left, I said in an interview that the chapter Borussia Dortmund was not closed in my life. I wanted to fulfill my dream of playing in the Premier League. Now I am simply delighted to be back in Dortmund with this fantastic team and set-up and these unique fans. BVB is like a family and I am proud that they did not forget me and that I can belong to it once more."
Shinji Kagawa was substituted off with a bloodied nose, blurry vision and mild concussion after a clash with Darren Potter during the first half of the Capital One Cup match between MK Dons and Manchester United.
Getting ready for Sunderland.
Tour 2014 memories.
"When I look back, last season was tough. I will use that frustration as a trigger to express myself this season, challenging myself to do new things. I’ll work hard to achieve goals and results. I’m really enjoying myself, it’s my third year with United and I know my team-mates very well."
"We’ve learned a lesson from last season. It is important for us to stick together and work towards the same goal. We can do much better if we can bring out the best of ourselves. We want to keep succeeding in the manager’s new system, and we want to win trophies. That’s what the fans expect."
- Shinji Kagawa
Louis van Gaal:
"I am very pleased. I think we played by far the best match of our sequence of three. They only had one shot on our goal and that was given by the referee (a free-kick), but I think we also created six or seven chances, so then it is seven against one. I was very pleased with our ball possession; it was much better than the other matches. And I think also the positions were better covered. So I was very pleased with the performance of my players, both in the first half and the second half."
"We practised penalties yesterday and also the sequence. That is why de Gea was our goalkeeper in the second half, because he is the best of the four at penalties. Fletcher hit the post in training so it’s also a little bit of luck, but we deserved the victory."
"We’re delighted to get another win. Stepping up for that first penalty was a good challenge and I was always confident I was going to score. I’ve been practising them and I knew exactly where I was going to put it."
"We’re happy. It’s more minutes under the belt and a win. You had two very organised teams out there and it was hard to break each other down but I thought we did enough in the second half to win the game. I thought we deserved it and it’s good to get more points on the board. We’d been practising penalties in training and that paid off with five confident and relaxed penalties and David de Gea was also very close to saving a couple, so we’re pleased."
David de Gea:
"We were pleased to win the game, we took it very seriously. We won on a penalty shoot-out, but we were left with the feeling that we played well in defence and were very compact."
"I know him from Borussia Dortmund and he played in the no.10 position. I wanted to try him in the no.6 or no.8 position in our system in the first two matches, and then I also gave him a chance at no.10 because he wanted to play in that position. He did it much better than in the two matches before."
- Louis van Gaal [International Champions Cup 2014: Manchester United 0 - Inter Milan 0 (5-3 penalties)]
Manchester United away kit for the 2014/15 season.
Louis van Gaal:
"It is fantastic how they have performed. When you see us train, you can expect something but not 7-0. It was a surprise, but they were beautiful goals and beautiful attacks. The result always matters. With such a result you get confidence."
"The manager said to us afterwards that he was pleased with the game and a good performance but he wants us to keep improving. We have to keep working hard. 7-0 is a great score but it’s a friendly game. It’s important for us to start with a win like this and it will help us keep improving."
"It was a great feeling, it is pre-season and we want to get our fitness up and prepare for the new season as best we can. We have got some great games out here and we wanted to get off to a winning start and I felt that was a great performance."
"In pre-season, you can take your foot off the gas in the second half but we had a new team that went out there with a new formation that I think suited us perfectly. I don’t think LA Galaxy were able to cope with that, we got on the scoresheet in the first half and we wanted to get more goals. We managed to do that in the second half."
"I am not giving away too many ideas. When we defend, we defend as a team. When we attack, we attack as a team. The players are interchangeable. As the season progresses we will be looking to get balls into attacking areas to get goals. We saw that by the fact we managed to score seven times."
"It was a really good performance from the lads. We did really well for the first time with a new system, both with the ball and off the ball. The manager told us to go out there and prove ourselves and I think most players did that. I think he was satisfied with the performance overall - I think we did really well."
"We are all pleased with the result but we know this is just the first step. Some of the players have only been training for three or four days so we have more improvements to come, both physically and tactically. But I think we had a good understanding of the new system and the football the manager wanted us to play. It was a good game for us. The manager wants us to play quickly with the ball in the middle, try to look for options and also play with width as well. That’s what we’ll keep trying to do."
Manchester United home kit for the 2014/15 season.
Manchester United Player of the Year 2014 awards: Red carpet arrivals.
Premier League 2013/14: Manchester United 3 - Hull City 1
"We looked like scoring goals and creating chances. In the first half, we were a little bit slow, so I just reminded the players that the tempo needed to be quicker and they reacted well to that. They’re all good players and all of us have let ourselves down this year. We haven’t played to the level that we’re capable of this season, but we did that. I said that it can’t just be for one game, it has to be for longer than that. Every time you play for Manchester United you have to stay at that level, and they have to keep to these standards against Sunderland."
"In the first half it was a bit difficult and we played a bit too slow. In the second half I think we showed what Manchester United can do at home. We tried to score, we tried to be a powerful team and we played in the opposition half of the pitch. I think we did that really well."
"It is nice to get a win at home and send the fans home happy, give Giggsy the start he desperately wanted and you could tell the lads were right at it. In the first half we were probably a bit slow but in the second half we really got to grips with the game and we put the game to bed."
"We gave away two terrible goals. But I thought prior to that we passed the ball brilliantly well. We kept the ball and had great control of the game. What we couldn’t do was create enough chances. They were two poor goals to give away, both on the break. We didn’t have a final through-pass or the final finish when the chances came, and there weren’t very many of them. So that was the disappointing part, that we couldn’t do that. The job is to win football matches. There is a lot talked about style, but it’s more important to win, and we didn’t do that."
- David Moyes (Premier League 2013/14: Everton 2 - Manchester United 0)
Getting ready for Everton.