Shinji Kagawa tweets thank to fans after hat-trick

Kagawa had previously scored just two league goals for United since his £12 million ($18 million, 13.9 million euros) close-season move from Borussia Dortmund. Japanese newspaper websites hailed the feat.

updated: March 03, 2013 14:10 IST
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Tokyo: A modest Shinji Kagawa has credited his fans for his weekend hat-trick for Manchester United, the first Asian player to achieve the feat in the history of England's Premier League.

The Japanese midfielder helped secure United a 4-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday, a result that opened up a 15-point gap for them over Manchester City at the top of the league.

"I appreciate your great supports which gave me today's goals!" the 23-year-old Kagawa wrote in English in his official Twitter page.

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