Kagawa’s Man Utd debut likely set for Aug. 18 at Everton

Kyodo

Shinji Kagawa could make his Manchester United debut away to Everton on Aug. 18 after the 19-time Premier League champions unveiled their 2012-13 fixtures on Monday.

Old Trafford fans are poised to have their first look at Kagawa the following week against Fulham. The 23-year-old Japan midfielder will get his first taste of the derby on Dec. 8, when Alex Ferguson’s side travel to Etihad Stadium to take on defending champion Manchester City in a rematch of the sizzling title race of last season.

Kagawa and United will face Liverpool away in their first meeting of the campaign on Sept. 22 before playing European champion Chelsea on Oct. 27 at Stamford Bridge. Manchester United will close the season at West Bromwich Albion on May 19.

Kagawa is a medical and a signature away from finalizing his transfer between United and two-time Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund, who could reportedly command a fee as high as ?22 million.