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Fully-fit Kagawa confident of improvement

6 December 2013 13:49

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa is confident he can recapture his finest form after struggling with fitness early in the season.

Kagawa has made five Premier League starts this season but has revealed he struggled to gain fitness early in the campaign.

The Japanese claims he is approaching peak condition as he looks to bolster a United side currently ninth in the table.

"After playing in the Confederations Cup over the summer, I was a bit late joining the team. Under a new manager all the players were starting from scratch but I felt a little behind the others," he told the club's official website.

"It's hard to reach peak condition at the start of the season and the truth is I wasn't satisfied early on.

"My fitness is much better now and will improve even more in time. I'm not quite in optimum form but I'm feeling good."

Kagawa has played both centrally behind the striker and on the left for United in recent weeks, and the 24-year-old believes he can star in a number of roles for David Moyes.

"I played behind the main striker at Dortmund but I usually play on the left with Japan, and I also took this role at Cerezo Osaka," he added.

"I have some experience out wide but I think I should be flexible enough to play in a number of roles, so I'm a more attractive player to the team and can contribute even more.

"Every day I'm learning how to trouble my opponents on the left, how best to cause them problems with my movement, but I'd still like to be capable of taking up more positions."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
7 December 2013
Game week
15
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
4 - 1
Venue
Anfield (Liverpool)
Attendance
44781

Goals

G. Demel (OG) 42'  
1 - 0
M. Sakho 47'
(assist by S. Gerrard) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
66' M. Škrtel (OG)
L. Suárez 81'
(assist by G. Johnson) 
3 - 1
L. Suárez 84'  
4 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
22
20 42' 82'
3
19 90+1'
5
23
4 82'
16
7
21
11
Coach: S. Allardyce

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
21
12
34
1
6
9
20
# Player Bookings
26 75'
17
14
10
13
18
24

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0

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