CAPE TOWN (Sporting Alert) — Shinji Kagawa made an impressive appearance in his first Manchester United start during the team’s preseason 1-1 drew with Ajax Cape Town in the second match of the DHL tour on Saturday.
Kagawa made a brief showing in the opening game in Durban, earlier this week, but wasn’t given anytime to show his fans what he could do in a Manchester United shirt.
But manager Sir Alex Ferguson handed the Japan international a start Saturday and in wet conditions, showed that he will be a vital addition to the Barclays Premier League runners-up this coming season.
“I was very impressed with his performance today,” Ferguson said of Kagawa’s outing. “His movement and passing was good. Very impressive.”
Meanwhile, after playing to a scoreless first half and almost the entire second half, Ajax Cape Town finally grabbed a goal through Alcardo van Graan, who opened the scoring in the 87th minute.
Manchester United pushed for an equaliser and got their goal from substitute Bebe, who blasted home from close range to forced the draw in stoppage time.
Also making an appearance for Manchester United was summer signing Nick Powell, who also looked impressive in his first senior appearance.