Kagawa: No time to celebrate after debut goal for Manchester United

The summer arrival at Old Trafford from Dortmund expressed relief after netting his first Premier League strike in front of a jubilant home crowd in a tense victory over Fulham
Manchester United new-boy Shinji Kagawa was delighted to score his first goal for the club on his home debut, a 3-2 win against Fulham.

The £13.5 million signing from Borussia Dortmund was in the right place at the right time to pounce on the rebound from Tom Cleverley's thunderous shot and dispatch it past helpless keeper Mark Schwarzer.

"I worried that I might have been offside," Kagawa told Nikkan after the match. "I'm glad the timing worked out. I wanted to score a goal somehow, so I'm relieved I could do so at our first home game."

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While there were questions surrounding Kagawa's role in the team following the blockbuster signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal, the Japan international's dynamic 68-minute performance seems to have erased any doubts that he will be a valuable asset to Sir Alex Ferguson.

"It's important that I keep playing well in each match," Kagawa continued. "I don't have time to enjoy the moment. Next time I want to score a goal on my own terms."