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Football: Kagawa back home with Manchester

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Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa promised Monday to pull out all the stops against Yokohama Marinos, in his first game at his home ground since he joined the English Premier League.

"I'm really happy that I can play a game in Japan as one of the players of a great team like Manchester United. I expect many supporters will come. I want to show them an excellent game," said Kagawa.

Kagawa also wants to impress United's new manager David Moyes, whom he met for the first time Monday.

"We still need more time to get to know each other, but I'm looking forward to building up our relations," he said.

"As a player, I feel every game is important and I want to give my very best to give a good impression to the coach."

United play Yokohama on Tuesday and Cerezo Osaka on Friday after losing to Singha All-Stars 1-0 in Bangkok in the opening game of their Asian tour.

Moyes said he knows a little about Kagawa as a player and had discussed him with his predecessor at United, Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Sir Alex spoke in glowing terms about Shinji and how good a player he is. I've just met him today, so we're getting to know each other. I'm trying to learn Japanese and he's trying to understand my Scottish," Moyes joked.

"It was his first season in the Premier League last year. He's a young player so we hope his development continues."

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