Manchester United summer signing Shinji Kagawa was left frustrated after being substituted at half time of Japan’s friendly victory over the United Arab Emirates, the Independent report.
Kagawa’s £15million move to United in the summer has made him an instant celebrity in his native country but it seems the pressure may have got to him on Thursday night. Despite admitting he wasn’t at his best, Kagawa refused to blame his long distance journey for the display.
“Of course I wanted to play more minutes,” the 23-year-old told Japanese reporters.
“I always want to score but the coach makes the decisions. I’ll have to look at my performance today.”
“My body felt a little heavier than I expected, probably from the flight.”
“Fatigue is not an excuse,” Kagawa added. “I wasn’t able to run as much as I thought I would. I gradually want to focus my sights on the
Iraq game. The next game will be a completely different atmosphere.”