Park backs Kagawa to shine

United star insists he relishes added competition

Shinji Kagawa: Has been backed to succeed at Old Trafford by his new team-mate Ji-Sung Park

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Manchester United midfielder Ji-Sung Park has backed new signing Shinji Kagawa to shine at Old Trafford.

Kagawa is joining from Borussia Dortmund in a £17million deal and will become United's first Japanese player in their history.

Park was the Red Devils' first South Korean player seven years ago and although he was a relative unknown in England when he first signed, he has since gone on to become one of the club's most reliable squad members.

The 31-year-old believes Kagawa can go on and make a similar impact when he pulls on a United shirt next season.

"I know United have agreed a deal for Kagawa and I'm happy because we're signing a good player," Park told the club's official website.

"Manchester United is a huge club and every season we sign new, world-class names.

"I hope Kagawa shows how good he is next season and I think he will do."


Park made just 17 appearances last season and the arrival of Kagawa and Crewe youngster Nick Powell has increased the competition for places in midfield ahead of the new campaign.

However, the former PSV man insists he is happy at Old Trafford and believes the competition will spur him on.

"There is a lot of competition in the squad but it doesn't matter who I'm competing with," he added.

"We're a team and I just want to concentrate on producing better performances.

"We're starting our pre-season tour next month and those matches will help me to prepare for the new season.

"As always, when I begin a new season I am determined to improve."