Louis van Gaal does not rate Luke Shaw, says Rene Mulensteen

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Luke Shaw is yet to make his debut for Manchester United, and according to former Red Devils assistant manager Rene Mulensteen that's because boss Louis van Gaal doesn't rate him.

Shaw arrived at Old Trafford in a deal worth around £30 million before Van Gaal officially took up the reigns this summer, although the Dutch boss did confirm after his arrival that he had approved the transfer of the 19-year-old.

So far he has been plagued by fitness issues, while it was also claimed before the start of the season that he needed to lose some weight before he would be handed his debut for the Red Devils.

However Mulensteen, who was assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson for five years up to the Scot's retirement in 2013, believes there is something more to the fact that Shaw hasn't made his debut for Manchester United yet, and also believes the fact Van Gaal bought in Rojo is telling about what he thinks of youngster.

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Asked if he thinks it's clear that he doesn't rate Shaw, the Dutch coach told TalkSPORT: Yes. It’s a big surprise for me.

He continued: “He would have been informed by the club that they were putting this bid in for Shaw because he’s an up and coming player.

“He’s got a good left foot and a lot of pace. He’s got a lot to learn to get to a Man United level though. He’s a great prospect but he’s brought Rojo in, which is bad news for Shaw.”

Dressing room problems

Van Gaal has plenty of concerns at the moment following his side's capitulation against Leicester yesterday.

He watched on as his side shipped four unanswered goals in the second half against the newly promoted outfit - and according to reports this morning the Dutch boss didn't hold back when assessing their performance in the dressing room afterwards.

Indeed, not long after the game, TV presenter Eamon Holmes tweeted that he had walked by the Manchester United dressing room while Van Gaal read the riot act, and the Daily Mail report today that his players were given the 'hairdryer' treatment after the embarrassing defeat.


To round off a terrible day for Manchester United, Jonny Evans was spotted leaving the King Power Stadium on crutches after limping off in the first half. Van Gaal confirmed afterwards that he'll undergo a scan later today.

He is unlikely to be fit to face West Ham, but Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling should make their comebacks.

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