Giggs backs United's Van Persie, Kagawa to shine in Europe

Sep 19, 2012, 07:51 IST | AFP

Ryan Giggs has backed Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa to play a key role in Manchester United's bid for Champions League glory this season.

Giggs believes Kagawa’s astute passing and clever movement make him the perfect fit for the possession game that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson likes to use in Europe.

Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs (right) and Robin Van Persie during a training session at the Carrington Training Complex yesterday. Pic/AFP

Giving the ball away too often against Europe's top sides can be fatal, but Kagawa has already proved adept at retaining possession in tight situations since his pre-season move to United from German champions Borussia Dortmund.

That will be an invaluable asset in the Champions League and veteran United midfielder Giggs expects Kagawa to make a big impact on the continent's elite club competition, starting with today’s Group H opener against Galatasaray at Old Trafford. “Shinji is that kind of player who will thrive in Europe, where possession is key,” Giggs said.

Shinji Kagawa

Euro experience
Kagawa was rested for Saturday’s 4-0 win over Wigan in the Premier League in an attempt to keep him fresh for Galatasaray’s visit, as was Dutch striker Robin van Persie, and Giggs believes both are ready to shine against the Turks. “Robin has the experience of playing in Europe with Arsenal,” Giggs added.

“The goals he has got will hopefully give us that extra edge. I am sure they will both be very good additions in Europe for us.”  After the embarrassment of crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage last season, United are determined to make amends this term.

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