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Kagawa to use frustration as 'trigger'

ESPN staff
August 9, 2014
Shinji Kagawa made just 14 starts in the Premier League last season © Getty Images

Shinji Kagawa says he wants to use the frustration of last season "as a trigger" to improve in the coming campaign for Manchester United.

Kagawa, 25, endured a difficult spell under the now-departed David Moyes and made just 14 starts in the Premier League. He has failed to settle in England since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in June 2012 and played only two of Japan's three games in the 2014 World Cup group stages.

However, despite the fact there will be no European football at Old Trafford this season, he is keen to impress under new boss Louis van Gaal.

"When I look back, last season was tough," Kagawa said.

"I will use that frustration as a trigger to express myself this season, challenging myself to do new things.

"I'll work hard to achieve goals and results. I'm really enjoying myself, it's my third year with United and I know my teammates very well."

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