Manchester United unveils Kagawa at Old Trafford

Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa was unveiled at Old Trafford on Thursday following his high-profile signing with Premier League powerhouse Manchester United.

“I feel like the world is watching me. I want to change the pressure I feel about playing for a big club into joy, and show my ability on the pitch,” the 23-year-old Kagawa said.

In the photo , Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa holds his jersey during a press conference at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, on July 12, 2012, as he was unveiled following his high-profile signing with Premier League powerhouse Manchester United, moving from Germany’s Borussia Dortmund. To the right is Manchester manager Alex Ferguson.

Kagawa declines iconic No. 7 shirt

Manchester United new boy Shinji Kagawa is determined to make a lasting impact at Old Trafford following his move from Borussia Dortmund.

The 23-year-old was the subject of interest from major clubs from around the world after impressing this season for the Bundesliga champions. However, Sir Alex Ferguson moved quickly to secure the signing of the Japan midfielder.

Kagawa is now eagerly anticipating getting started for the Red Devils and insists he wants to carve out his own legacy at Old Trafford after turning down the chance to wear the famed No.7 shirt once donned with such distinction by George Best, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

United’s latest signing announced the decision in an impromptu press conference at Tokyos Narita Airport following a whirlwind trip to England.

In addition to a flock of journalists, the Japan international was greeted by 100 fans seeking autographs and handshakes.

“Ive just joined the team and havent accomplished anything yet,” Kagawa said after the 12-hour flight. “I want to make a name for myself [at United] on my own terms.”

Kagawa further elaborated that he had asked for a number with personal meaning, leading to speculation among Japanese media that the player could wear the 8, 26, or 29 he once wore at Cerezo Osaka, or the 23 shirt that brought him fame at Dortmund.

Despite the rigorous travel schedule, the Samurai Blue star still appeared excited after finally putting pen to paper on the move.

“The contract was as long as Id expected from a club [like United],” Kagawa laughed. “When I was at [Old Trafford], I thought about how incredible it would be if I could score there.”