Louis van Gaal has slammed Roy Hodgson for his comments regarding Luke Shaw and has told the England manager that he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
Manchester United’s £27million summer signing was left out of the latest Three Lions squad and Hodgson made mention of Van Gaal’s decision to tell Shaw he was not fit enough when on the Red Devils’ pre-season tour of the United States.
Not happy with the comments
However, the new Old Trafford boss did not take too kindly to the comments and warned Hodgson that he was talking about something he knew nothing about and should get in possession of all the facts before passing judgement.
The Dutchman then went on to praise Shaw for his attitude in training since he was given the specialised programme to improve his fitness and insisted that the only reason he was not playing was because he had an injury.
Hodgson gets an earful
“Shaw is not fit now because he is injured. Roy Hodgson cannot judge at this moment,” he told reporters.
"He cannot judge him because I have never seen him here at a training session. I think he is referring to the World Cup. It is possible, I don't know.
"That is what I want to ask. But now Shaw is doing a great job. I have read nasty articles about Shaw. In the United States I said to him 'you came and you were not fit'.
"I changed his programme and he did everything that he has to do to be fit. Now he is an example in the dressing room. He is training fantastically."
Return could be timely
Shaw’s return may be just what the Old Trafford club need at the moment because they are in a spot of bother. Four competitive matches so far this season has seen them draw twice and lose twice.
Burnley were the opponents on Saturday but Manchester United could not muster much of an assault on the newly promoted side’s goal and drew 0-0.