Manchester United new boy Shinji Kagawa was relieved after scoring his first goal for the club in their home opener, a 3-2 win against Fulham.
The former Borussia Dortmund star was fortunate to be in the right place at the
right time after pouncing on the rebound from Tom Cleverley's shot to beat a
helpless Mark Schwarzer.
"I worried that I might have been offside," Kagawa told Nikkan afterwards.
"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."
While there were questions surrounding Kagawa's role at the club 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 said.
"I don't have time to enjoy the moment. Next time I
want to score a goal on my own terms."
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney could be out for four weeks after suffering a deep gash on his thigh in their 3-2 win over Fulham.The striker looks set to miss a considerable amount of playing time for both club and country, with England set to take on Macedonia and Ukraine in early September, while United face off against Southampton, Wigan and Liverpool within the next month.
Manchester United took their first Premier League points of the season with a 3-2 win over Fulham, but were made to work hard by Martin Jol's men.Damien Duff gave the visitors a shock lead from a clever set-piece with just three minutes on the clock, but Robin van Persie's brilliant equaliser got United back on level terms seven minutes later.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes Robin van Persie can be the difference in this season's title race.The 31-year-old says the Dutchman's arrival at Old Trafford has given everyone a 'big boost' and believes his goals can help Sir Alex Ferguson's side regain the English Premier League title.