Man Utd’s Luke Shaw accepts Louis van Gaal criticism

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw accepts Louis van Gaal's criticism of the left-back's fitness

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Luke Shaw has accepted Louis van Gaal’s criticism of the Manchester United’s poor fitness levels.

The Red Devils manager forced Shaw to train alone earlier this week after expressing his dissatisfaction with the teenager’s fitness.

I have got to get fitter to get up and down (the wing). It’s something I have got to work on

Luke Shaw

Shaw, who joined in a £27m deal last month, is expected to play in a wing-back role this season as Van Gaal switches to a 3-5-2, requiring the England international to patrol the left wing.

“Obviously I have seen that, and it’s something I totally agree with,” Shaw told talkSPORT after playing 45 minutes of United’s goalless draw with Inter Milan.

“To play in this formation you have to be really fit. I am fit but I am not at the high level he demands.

“I have got to get fitter to get up and down (the wing). It’s something I have got to work on.”

Shaw made 37 Premier League appearances at Southampton last season, producing more crosses and shots than any of his left-back rivals.

And the 18-year-old accepted that he underestimated the step up required after moving to the 20-time English champions.

“It was a surprise. I didn’t come into United thinking it would be much harder,” Shaw added.

“That’s something that I think I made a mistake on.

“I thought it was just going to be the same but it’s the biggest club in the world and there is world-class players in training.

“That is something that is going to push me on and it’s something I am looking forward to doing.”

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