Manchester United new signing Luke Shaw accepts Van Gaal criticism

Luke Shaw admits he underestimated how hard it would be to adapt to life at Manchester United, but he is prepared to put in the work to impress manager Louis van Gaal.

Shaw, who moved from Southampton to Old Trafford shortly after the World Cup, was ordered to train on his own this week over concerns about his fitness level.

He made a surprise appearance from the bench during the second half of United’s penalty shoot-out win over Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup, but admitted he has some way to go to get to the level required by Van Gaal.
“Obviously I have seen that, and it’s something I totally agree with,” Shaw replied when asked about Van Gaal’s criticism.

“To play in this formation you have to be really fit. I am fit but I am not at the high level he demands.

“I have got to get fitter to get up and down (the wing). It’s something I have got to work on.”
Despite being a member of Southampton’s first team last season, Shaw admits he did not expect there to be much of a step up to United.
“It was a surprise. I didn’t come into United thinking it would be much harder,” Shaw said. “That’s something that I think I made a mistake on.

“I thought it was just going to be the same but it’s the biggest club in the world and there is world-class players in training.

“That is something that is going to push me on and it’s something I am looking forward to doing.”
Van Gaal had claimed the England defender returned from the World Cup in poor physical shape, but praised him for his performance against Inter Milan.
“I think he did very good tonight,” Van Gaal added.

“He’s working very hard. He was lucky today because I was going to play our friend Reece James but he was a little bit injured.

“And so I asked (Shaw), in spite of a very heavy training session this morning, (to play).”