Southampton had their own concerns about Luke Shaw’s diet and training habits before selling him to Manchester United for up to £32m over the summer.
After taking over at Manchester United in July, Louis Van Gaal swiftly made clear to the young England international that his match preparation would have to improve, with his diet thought to be concerning to the United training staff.
And as reported in the Daily Telegraph, Southampton felt United’s offer of £28m potentially rising to £32m was too good to turn down for a player they also felt had bad habits in fitness, preparation and diet.
Van Gaal on Everton game
Shaw for Saints
Shaw had been one of the Saints’ best players in a season in which they finished eighth in the Premier League table. He won a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad although did not play a big role at the tournament, but still, he has been tipped to become his country’s long-term first-choice left-back.
So it will be concerning to United fans that, like their manager Van Gaal, Southampton’s coaching staff had also raised red flags regarding the full-back. It makes you wonder what kind of due diligence United did before signing Shaw, although of course, he remains an exceptional talent.
Can be world class
With strong coaching, there’s little doubt he has the potential to become one of the best in the world at his position - but first he must get on track on the training pitch.
He will get another chance to impress Van Gaal after returning to the team from his imposed exile when United welcome Everton to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Shaw featured in the 2-1 home victory over West Ham and is expected to keep his place.