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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"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."