Kagawa could be a real sensation for Manchester United, says Neville

The 37-year-old believes that the summer signing will be made to feel at home after joining and could have as big an impact at the club as Chicharito and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Former Manchester United captain Gary Nevile believes that new signing Shinji Kagawa could be "a real sensation" at the club, and could have a similar impact to Chicharito and cult hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 23-year-old joined for a reported £12 million fee at the start of the transfer window after months of speculation about the move. The Japanese international, who scored 13 goals in 31 games last season, could have a big impact on the club, according to Neville, who says he is excited to see him begin his career at Old Trafford.

"As for the transition into the English game, I think it should be easy for [Kagawa]. He's played at Dortmund, a very professional football club and one of the biggest in Germany. He won't have any trouble adjusting to the English game," Neville told the club's official website.


"I'm really excited about watching him play and seeing how he fits in with the other talented players in this squad. He's had a fantastic couple of seasons at Dortmund, who have been magnificent in Germany.

"It's not easy to knock Bayern Munich off their perch. And if you look at the performances, Kagawa has played a big part in that.

"He might be one of these lads that comes to United and sneaks under the radar a little bit. He's not what you'd class as one of Europe's stellar names at the moment. But he could be somebody who has the same sort of impact as Chicharito or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and go on to become a real sensation for United."

Neville also stated that pre-season will help Kagawa to settle with his new team-mates, and that he will be made to feel welcome immediately.

He continued: "The manager's philosophy has always been to get deals done early and get the new players on tour so they can see what the dressing room is like and settle in.

"You can guarantee that by the end of the tour they'll feel like they've been a Manchester United player for a long time.

"You hear stories about other clubs where new players don't feel particularly welcome. I can say with confidence that the manager and the players at United would never let that happen. Everybody's made to feel very welcome straight away.

"Pre-season's great for integrating new signings into the set-up. For those two or three weeks you're living in each other's pockets, you don't see your friends or family... your team-mates are all you've got. It's a great way to introduce new players to the club."

On returning from their pre-season tour United will start their league campaign with an away trip to Everton before a home game to Fulham the following week.