Luke Shaw agrees with Louis van Gaal over fitness criticism

Shaw made his debut against West Ham. (©GettyImages)

Luke Shaw says Louis van Gaal was right to criticise his fitness in the summer.

Shaw finally made his debut for Manchester United against West Ham after overcoming a hamstring problem sustained in pre-season. That injury came shortly after Van Gaal had publicly slated the 19-year-old for his lack of fitness.

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'He was right'

Despite the criticism appearing harsh, Shaw is in agreement with Van Gaal.

He is quoted in The Express as saying: "He was right to say what he said about me in pre-season.

"We had a discussion then and the plan for me was to get my fitness up. It worked, apart from the injury."

The criticism

Van Gaal said he was unhappy with Shaw's level of fitness shortly after taking the reigns at Old Trafford. Shaw arrived from Southampton in a £30 million deal from Southampton weeks earlier, in a deal commissioned by the Dutchman. However, he arrived at Carrington unfit for purpose.

The Dutchman said: "Luke needs to be fit and he's not very fit. He can't perform how I want."


Shaw finally got onto the pitch in a competitive fixture for Manchester United in the 2-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday. Despite his original criticism, Van Gaal was keen to stress that the left-back's performance was of the expected standard.

Van Gaal said Shaw can be "an example" to the rest of the Red Devils team, which contains world-class stars like Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.

"For him to say I'm an example at a massive club like this is something to be really happy about," the England defender said.

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