Fergie: Mata's arrival was the end of Kagawa at Manchester United
It seems Sir Alex Ferguson is still pretty hung up over Shinji Kagawa's departure from Manchester United - even though he thinks it was in the player's best interests.
After previously admitting to Borussia Dortmund boss Juergen Klopp that United failed to accommodate the Japanese playmaker, the legendary boss believes that the Red Devils' decision to buy Juan Mata from Chelsea meant Kagawa's time at Old Trafford would soon come to an end.
The Spaniard was purchased for a then club record fee of £37.1 million ($76.2m) in January and his arrival saw Kagawa pushed to the fringes of United's first XI under former manager David Moyes.
After being allowed to leave by new manager Louis van Gaal, the 25-year-old schemer went back to Dortmund in August and made an instant impact as he scored on his return to the Bundesliga against Freiburg.
Couldn't contribute anymore
Speaking to German tabloid Bild, Ferguson said: "I was very satisfied with Shinji. He settled in well and felt comfortable with us.
"Every manager has his own philosophy. Moyes' first choice was Mata and Shinji felt he couldn't contribute anymore.
"But I believe that he and Dortmund made the right decision. He is now back in familiar surroundings and Juergen Klopp can provide that extra boost of confidence in him."
Kagawa is set to make an appearance at the Singapore Sports Hub next Tuesday when Japan take on Brazil in a glamour international friendly.