However, when it became apparent the Belgium international would be moving to Chelsea instead, Ferguson changed tact by going after Kagawa instead.
The Japan international arrived with big expectations after shining in the Bundesliga with Dortmund, establishing himself as one of the world’s most-promising playmakers.
But, a fine hat-trick against Norwich City aside, United never saw the best of Kagawa.
The playmaker was often stuck behind Wayne Rooney in the pecking order and, in the end, was ruthlessly cut loose by Louis van Gaal.
Speaking last year, Kagawa opened up on his nightmare spell in England and admitted Ferguson’s departure, ultimately, was the final nail in his coffin.
“There was another change of manager [when Moyes was sacked],” Kagawa told The Athletic.
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