Japan star hoping Norwich treble will win him chance against La Liga giants.
Attacking midfield player Shinji Kagawa hopes that his hat-trick against Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday may win him a starting berth against Real Madrid at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday night, reports the Daily Express.
The Japan international’s treble helped see off the challenge of the mid-table Cannaries 4-0 to extend the Red Devils’ lead over top-flight champions and city-rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League to an enormous 15 points with only ten more matches of this campaign left to play.
And Kagawa, whose hat-trick was the first ever to be scored in the Premier League by an Asian player, now wants to feature in what will be United’s biggest game of their entire season to date against the Liga champions.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side drew the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash in the Spanish capital 1-1 three weeks ago, leaving Tuesday’s return finely balanced, and the Scot could now decide to use Kagawa against Los Blancos, something the player himself is obviously hoping happens.
“This will be huge news in Japan but the fans there are really looking forward to the Real Madrid game and that’s what I am aiming for as well,” said Kagawa after the match on Saturday.
“I have not made too much of an impact so far in the season, but maybe I have made a telling one now.”