Man Utd scout hunting for next Kagawa in Asia

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The Red Devils are on the look-out for a player from Asia who suits Jose Mourinho's playing style and will also enhance their profile on the continent

Manchester United are looking to find another Asian superstar to follow in the footsteps of Park Ji-sung and Shinji Kagawa.

The Red Devils have had success with the South Korea and Japan internationals over the years, but have not had an Asian player shine in the first team since Kagawa left to return to Borussia Dortmund in 2014.

But scout Kei Tamura is currently watching the games around the continent to hunt for the next big star who will fit Jose Mourinho's playing style and impress at Old Trafford.

"I am looking hard for the second Park Ji-sung and the successor to Kagawa," Tamura told Sports Seoul.

"I keep track of players who can be as good.

"We are looking for players that meet the specific criteria of head coach Jose Mourinho. The scout team leader meets with Mourinho and is presented with detailed instructions."

European clubs are often attracted to Asian players because of the marketing potential, and Tamura admits that it is a factor for a team like United.

"There is no doubt that signing Korean and Japanese players can have a positive effect in the Asian market," he said.

"That is not why they are selected, however, the first thing we consider is skill."

Kagawa, meanwhile, has spoken of his wish to play in Spain as he looks to escape a difficult situation at Borussia Dortmund.

After injury cut his campaign short last season, the 29-year-old has made just two appearances in the Bundesliga this term, seeing Marco Reus take his place in attacking midfield. 

The Japan international is determined to return to first-team football, but is aware he may have to leave Germany to make it happen.

Having already tried his hand in England, the former United man believes a switch to La Liga could be the remedy to his current predicament.

"I want to solve the current situation as soon as possible," he told Nikkan Sports. "One way is to change the team. I want to change the environment and the challenge.

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"I have played in Dortmund and Manchester United, no matter what country I go to, I will not be afraid.

"I have always been thinking about how I can go to Spain in the last couple of years. I can't retire without going to Spain.

"This is the most important challenge in my career."

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