"He is a quality player but he is not the only one who is finding it hard to get regular football. There are many top players in the squad and there is plenty of competition. But having seen Shinji play at Dortmund, I know for sure how good he is. He was the best player in Germany for two years. I believe he’ll come back with some good displays."
- Andy Cole
Getting ready for Crystal Palace.
Manchester United squad met Diego Maradona during the warm weather training in Dubai.
Getting ready for Stoke City.
"We probably haven’t played well enough to merit going through, but we were getting there. We had hung on. We had defended well enough in the end to make sure we were going to see the game out at 1-0. But it changed, and credit to the lads. They got themselves a goal again."
"But I’ve got no complaints. I just don’t think we had a level of performance that merited winning the game more comfortably, and that’s what I was looking for. If we’d gone through I’d have been disappointed in the performance, but obviously I’m doubly disappointed because we didn’t get through. With a minute to go, we were in the final. We didn’t play well enough and Sunderland came here and deservedly got themselves into the final."
"It all seemed to kick off in the last minute of the game. We’re really disappointed, we feel we should have got the second goal earlier to kill the tie off. But when you don’t do that, Sunderland keep believing and they got their goal, even though we showed character by scoring in the last minute to take it to penalty kicks."
"It is a mental battle. The whole game - although I don’t think we played well - we dug in and we battled and I really did think we were going to grind it out and go through. But ultimately we haven’t done it and penalties are a bit of a lottery… but we should still be disappointed with the execution of our penalty kicks."
"He’s such an intelligent and creative player that he makes everybody around him play well. You can always find him, he always retains the ball, can turn and go forward, is intelligent and his creativity is terrific."
"He’s a really good kid as well. He has a great sense of humour and a tremendous work ethic. There’s never a moment’s problem with him because he’s such a terrific professional."
- Steve Round
"I think I can still improve my strength. I’m not the tallest or biggest player so I have to move my body more. Smaller players in the Premier League are very good at using their bodies (to get past the opposition) and that’s what I will continue to do. I realise the Premier League is a very tough league and I know I have to be stronger."
- Shinji Kagawa
"He receives the ball so well on the half-turn, he was looking to create and make things happen. He will take great confidence from that and hopefully he can keep moving forward."
- Darren Fletcher (Premier League 2013/14: Manchester United 2 - Swansea City 0)
"I thought Shinji was the difference in the second half. Once we moved him to the middle he looked like he was at home and he really switched it on for us. He made a massive difference."
- Danny Welbeck (Premier League 2013/14: Manchester United 2 - Swansea City 0)
"I thought we played well, especially in the second half. We limited them to very few opportunities and got the result we deserved. We started the game well and we made a great chance for Danny Welbeck to put us 1-0 up. Then Swansea did what they’re good at and we couldn’t quite get at them. We altered it a little at half-time and we were much better in the second half."
- David Moyes (Premier League 2013/14: Manchester United 2 - Swansea City 0)
"We didn’t do enough to win it; we made some opportunities but they weren’t enough."
- David Moyes (FA Cup 2013/14: Manchester United 1 - Swansea City 2)
@pradipmufc: Who is your best friend at the club?
Shinji Kagawa: Alex Büttner lives quite close to me and we joined the club at the same time, I’ve been pretty close to him ever since. Alex played with Japanese players at his last club (Vitesse Arnhem), so he knows and understands the language reasonably well. That allowed me to be even more comfortable with him.
@macho0711: What kind of music do you listen to in the build-up to games?
Shinji Kagawa: I listen to Japanese pop music to relax and stay calm. Depending on my mood, I’ll listen to either high-tempo or slow music. Exile are my favourite group. Though they are big in Japan, they aren’t very well known elsewhere in the world, but I like them and they keep me in good spirits. Music is important to me.
@tomorroworld: Have you become a better player since joining United?
Shinji Kagawa: Yes, you can’t help but improve here. There are lots of experienced players in this team; they have taught me a lot and every day I pick up new skills from them. Not many Japanese or even Asian players have benefitted from playing at such a big club, so I think I’m very fortunate to be in this position. It makes me happy and proud.
"It’s a massive win. Norwich played very well and they should have scored a few goals in the first half, but I think the lads deserve plenty of credit. It’s never easy to play two games on the road like that, but the most important thing is the three points."
"I think it was a very important win for us. Playing two games in three days is really difficult both physically and mentally so we’re pleased to get six points over the Christmas period."