Paul Scholes: Kagawa will tip the tables back in Manchester United’s favour

The Red Devils veteran is confident the Japanese goalscorer will strengthen their Premier League title hopes next season
Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes has admitted Manchester City were the better team last campaign, but he believes Shinji Kagawa could make all the difference next season.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were denied another Premier League title on the last day of last season as Roberto Mancini's side made a dramatic injury-time comeback to lift the trophy.

Scholes is confident Manchester United’s newest signing Kagawa could tip the tables back in the Red Devils’ favour this season.

Signed from German Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund a few weeks back, Kagawa
has already impressed in pre-season and looks like he could improve United’s fortunes in the 2012-13 Premier League campaign.

"He [Kagawa] looks brilliant. I've only been in training with him for a couple of weeks but he's very good technically and you can see the talent he's got already." Scholes told the Sunday People.

"He's had a couple of great years at Dortmund and I think he has been player of the year in Germany - that tells you he's a top player.

"He will bring goals to the team, whether he's scoring them or making them. He's got great movement and is very clever in the runs he makes.

"It's difficult to say which foot is his best. He's equal with right and left. He's a good lad. He doesn't speak much English yet, but I am sure he will be very popular here."
Two months on from Manchester City’s last-minute title win, Scholes has admitted the Sky Blues were the better team last season and ultimately, they deserved to win the league.
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"You always say the best team wins the league and City were the best team last year," the 37-year-old told Sky Sports.

"The football they played for the most of the season was fantastic. As much as I don't want to admit it, they were good to watch and probably played the best football.

"So from that aspect, they were the best team and deserved to win it. They have raised the bar and it's up to us to now kick on and do even better than they did.

"It's always a motivating factor when you lose the league and perhaps we will be motivated even more after what happened.

"It isn't nice when you see another team winning the title on the last day of the season. You have that picture in your head of them celebrating and you don't want it to happen again.

"I still don't really understand what happened.

"We should have won the league and we didn't. In the end, we failed. To be in the position we were - eight points clear with six games to go - well, it's not like us."