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Default Shinji Kagawa opens account for Manchester United in pre-season win

Shinji Kagawa opens account for Manchester United in pre-season win

• Japan midfielder shines in 1-0 victory over Shanghai Shenhua
• Bébé also impressive for United at Shanghai Stadium

Press Association, Wednesday 25 July 2012 15.32 BST

Shinji Kagawa scored his first goal for Manchester United in their 1-0 pre-season victory over Shanghai Shenhua.

Kagawa, who was named as man of the match, found the net after 68 minutes against Shenhua, who lined up without former Chelsea players Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba at the Shanghai Stadium.

United had the first chance of the game after 25 minutes when Anderson chipped through to another new arrival Nick Powell, who brought the pass down inside the box with his right foot before scuffing his shot wide with his left.

It was the hosts who drew the first save from either goalkeeper as Joel Griffiths broke through the middle before forcing a good stop from Anders Lindegaard, who deflected the Australian's effort wide.

Kagawa – playing just behind a lone striker – used neat footwork to break free of the Shenhua midfield before sliding in the largely ineffectual Federico Macheda, who could not beat Shengjiong Qiu from inside the area, the home goalkeeper pushing the Italian's effort wide.

The visitors started to dominate and Bébé – who replaced Powell at half-time – fired hard and low to force a good save from Qiu.

United did, however, take the lead when Bébé beat his man with ease on the left before playing in Kagawa, who arrived at Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund in June – whose effort deflected past Qiu.

"I was very pleased with the way we played in the second half," said Sir Alex Ferguson. "In the first half we had a lot of possession but lacked penetration and speed of play.

"It's been a great workout, they were very well organised. They weren't easy to play against."
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