Manchester United may have paid £28m to bring Luke Shaw to Old Trafford - but Louis Van Gaal believes they signed a left-back 'unfit' to play in the Premier League for the time being.
As reported by the London Evening Standard, the new United boss had strong words for the England international ahead of United's friendly against Inter Milan at FedEx Field this evening. Shaw is 'unfit' to complete the tasks Van Gaal expects of him in the wing-back role and United have designed a special training programme ahead of the new season.
"He is OK, but I am always a trainer-coach who sees individuals and what they need," Van Gaal said when talking about Shaw. "He needs to be fit and is not very fit and fit enough to do what I want.
"He needs to train individually until he is fit," Van Gaal continued. "I cannot judge that, but I see what I see. I have spoken with him and we have made a programme for him. He agreed with me."
The 19-year-old, who is reportedly on £100,000-a-week wages, joined United from Southampton over the summer having travelled with England to the World Cup in Brazil.
As a result, he has effectively been playing football for the past 12 months continuously, save a short break following England's early elimination. But he's clearly not up to speed with what Van Gaal, a notorious task-master, wants from his wide players.
Shaw started his training in isolation yesterday while the rest of the squad prepared to face Inter Milan in Washington DC. United fitness coach Tony Strudwick has devised a tailored programme for Shaw, and Van Gaal revealed he's had assurances that the teenager will respond well.
When asked how long it will take to get Shaw up to an adequate level, Van Gaal said: "That we have to see, but that I don't know. I have heard good messages from Strud (Tony Strudwick) but we have to see."
Manchester United and Inter face off at 00:30 BST tonight with Van Gaal set to continue with his 3-4-1-2 formation. One player who does not have a future in the system appears to be Wilfried Zaha.
Van Gaal confirmed that there's no role for Zaha out wide in his team, and the former-Crystal Palace winger will have to prove himself in a striker role if he wants to have a long-term impact at the club going forward.
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