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first_img With Wayne Rooney’s future still unresolved, Kagawa could be asked to play a more prominent part by new boss David Moyes. And, after taking on a pivotal role in the Dortmund outfit that won back-to-back German titles, then reached the Champions League final last term after Kagawa’s exit, the 24-year-old has no doubts about his ability to carry out the job. “You have to believe in yourself,” he said. “If you don’t, things can go wrong both on and off the pitch. Being positive and believing in yourself is important, not only in football but also in improving as a person.” Should Rooney remain within the Red Devils fold, as Moyes hopes, the competition for Kagawa would remain huge, with Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck also vying for advanced roles beyond the midfield. Yet it is a situation Kagawa prefers to embrace rather than shy away from. “It is inspiring and exciting to play alongside such world class players,” he said. “Wayne can do everything to the highest standard. He has everything a football player would need: team spirit, hard work, switching between attack and defence. “You don’t see such players very often. He plays for the team, plus he can score and assist. There is so much I can learn from him and I enjoy playing with him. Robin, of course, made the difference with his goals. He’s wonderful.” Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa admits he must improve on his first season’s work at Old Trafford. The Japan star did emerge from his debut campaign with a Premier League title winners’ medal. He also bagged a superb hat-trick in a late season victory over Norwich. However, a major knee injury halted what had been an encouraging start to life with United, and the former Borussia Dortmund star never quite regained his form of old. “It was great to win the title with United,” Kagawa told Inside United. “But I feel I still have work to do. I would say I am half satisfied, half unsatisfied.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Three years after being crowned the national champion at home, India’s star boxer Shiva Thapa aims to make his homecoming special by picking up the 60kg gold as the second edition of the India Open kicks off at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam from May 20. Having suffered an upset loss in the semi-finals in the first edition of the India Open at New Delhi last year, the 2015 World Championships bronze medallist is determined to make amends this time.Armed with a silver medal from the GeeBee Boxing Tournament and a bronze medal from the Asian Championships this year, the 25-year-old once again looks sharp and agile and is hungry to prove himself.“Yes, there are a lot of expectations from me for the gold,” said Thapa. “I recently got a bronze medal from the Asian Championships and that tells me that the gold is not far off. I am hungry to change the color of the medal which is what I think every boxer would want to. And it will be all the sweeter if it comes at home in front of my own people,” added Thapa, oozing confidence.The Guwahati pugilist, who created history in Bangkok when he became the first Indian to win a medal in four consecutive editions of the continental event, is now leaving no stone unturned, especially with the World Championships, which is an Olympic qualifier, coming up.“Performing well here will give me a huge boost of confidence ahead of the World Championships. It will be critical to analyze the players who are coming to the India Open as I’ll have to compete with quite a few of them in the World Championships as well,” Shiva Thapa said.Thapa is among 6 Assamese boxers who will vie for the title at the upcoming India Open. Getting a chance to perform in front of his city people gives the former Asian champion an extra impetus to do well. Acknowledging the tremendous support he gets every time he plays at home, Thapa praised the amazing sports environment in Guwahati.“I am very excited to get a chance to play in my hometown,” said Shiva Thapa. “There is an amazing sports environment in the city and people enthusiastically keep supporting the homegrown players. I am sure there will be a lot of people who would want to be a spectator of this mega event and be a part of it,” he hoped.Shiva also expressed optimism that organizing such high-profile events in Assam will help to churn out more talent from the North-East which is a powerhouse of boxing talent and has already contributed immensely to India’s medal tally at major competitions.“Getting a chance to inspire youngsters is a major source of motivation for us. When we first began at the Sub-junior level, we used to get inspired by watching our seniors and how they used to play.“Same way, if we too can motivate more youngsters to join our sport, it’s really a blessing for us. Definitely, the North-east is a powerhouse of talent. If such major tournaments keep happening in the North-east, there will be a lot many youths and youngsters who will come up and take up sports as a profession,” explained Thapa.Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

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