Van Gaal: Shaw not fit enough
Luke Shaw, centre, has been charged with raising his fitness levels for Manchester United
Manchester United have had to devise a special training programme to get Luke Shaw in shape for the start of the season.
Shaw had a fortnight off after the World Cup and he has arrived at United unfit, according to Louis van Gaal, who wants to see an improvement from the 19-year-old in the coming weeks.
Shaw, a £27million signing from Southampton, trained alone at the FedExField ahead of United's friendly against Inter Milan, which kicks off in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, who all returned from World Cup duty on the same day as Shaw, were deemed fit enough to train with the squad.
But there are concerns that Shaw is off the pace.
"He needs to be fit and he is not very fit," the United boss said.
"Therefore he cannot perform what I want so first he has to be fit and has to train individually.
"I have spoken with him and we have made the programme. He agreed with me.
"We will have to see how long it takes (for him to get fit)."
Van Gaal is well within his rights to demand Shaw be fit for the season-opener against Swansea having shelled out such a big fee for the teenager.
Having sold Alexander Buttner to Dynamo Moscow, Van Gaal has little cover for the England international, so he has had to rely on Ashley Young, Reece James and Tyler Blackett while on tour in the USA.
One area where Van Gaal is blessed with options is in the final third.
Juan Mata, Rooney and Welbeck have been his first choice attack in the 3-4-1-2 formation, which the Dutchman says he will use for the rest of the tour.
Javier Hernandez, Will Keane and Shinji Kagawa have also featured in the two matches in the States, but Wilfried Zaha is yet to kick a ball in anger on the trip.
The England international, who joined United from Crystal Palace for £15million last summer, will have to move out from the wings into the centre if he is to play any part in the coming season.
"When we play this system he has to play as a striker otherwise he cannot play," said Van Gaal, who confirmed Zaha would come on as a substitute against Inter.
With Adnan Januzaj and Robin van Persie to come back to training following their World Cup exploits, first-team opportunities also seem limited for Hernandez.
Van Gaal distanced himself from rumours of an imminent swap deal involving the Mexican and Inter's Fredy Guarin.
"I don't know anything about it," the former Barcelona manager said.
"I cannot tell you anything about that."
Van Gaal made the task ahead of Hernandez perfectly clear though.
"When he plays he will play in striker position and he has competition with Rooney, Van Persie, Welbeck, Will Keane, Zaha - a lot players," Van Gaal added.
Van Gaal took great pleasure in responding to a question from a Mexican reporter about Hernandez's fitness.
"We, the Dutch national team, beat Mexico in the second round of the World Cup. That's why he joined the squad later than the others," said the former Holland coach with a big smile.
"I wanted to say that to you. But I believe he is fit."
One person who will not participate in the rest of the tour is right-back Rafael, who has been sent home to recover from a groin injury he suffered in training last Friday.
Van Gaal is sure the Brazilian does not require surgery, but he could not say whether he would be back for the first game of the season against Swansea on August 16.
"I don't know (if he will be fit for the new season). We will wait and see," Van Gaal said.
"The player could have stayed in America but I think the treatment at the Aon training complex is much better.
"This way he can also work out his jet lag much earlier.
"Rafa agreed with me that he should go back. He is there already and he's started training."
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It's far too early to make a damning assessment on Shaw. We haven't been given any reason for his lack of fitness, so it's quite plausible that he is carrying an injury. English is not van Gaal's 1st language and there is no reason to assume that 'not very fit' means overweight.
Equally, Shaw isn't responsible for his transfer fee or for the salary he was offered. Would anyone realistically expect a young player to refuse those terms, or negotiate them down until he has proven himself?
Nice to see the same old sensationalism over a Utd story as always, when in fact the 'story' is hardly a big deal.
A 19yo lad comes back from the world cup, signs a multi-million pound contract has two weeks off and most likely had a couple or more parties to celebrate. He has 2 and a half weeks to get up to speed ready for the new season which is plenty of time for a young lad as it is much easier for these youngsters to regain fitness. No worries here just more Utd sensationalism.
Bring on the season!!
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If Shaw is unfit now I wonder, unless carrying an injury was he fully fit during the World Cup? A 19yr old doesn't loose fitness overnight and after a few weeks may be a little leggy but certainly shouldn't be unfit to train with the squad. I hope the money hasn't gone to his head already as it would be a shame if he weren't to live up to his full potential.
Wish we had a manager similar to Gaal coaching the England squad, hes that type of no **** manager the nation needs to get the best out of our young players.
Who is this idiot f.c.u.m ?
He trolls through all the posts, picking out the ones that make derogatory comments about his beloved
Mancheaters then proceeds to respond with blasphemous abuse, that has no reference whatsoever
with post theme
I think that an age limit should be applied to posts,as 4 years of age is far to young to be on here
and Kweeer geezer ( who I presume is his father) should tell him so
Again today United hog the lime light in a series headline stories in the media about Gaal and his mid- table lot.” The Question is why?
United have shown little or no interest in buying quality players this summer so to improve a mediocre team , this is evident in that, had United shown an interest in said players. the player would have signed up in a heartbeat given they had the opportunity to join the biggest (not ) club in the world who could not even qualify for the “Micky Mouse” Europa competition this coming season.
The press has been full of stories about United being about to make significant signings and this has been going on and on for two months. And these stories are of course all tripe ask any United fan
De Gaal is in the most comfortable position this season. a position that is unique in the history of the Premiership in that a team in the top half of the table will play their first 7 games against two promoted sides and five who finished in the bottom half of the table last season. So why the hype?
Gaal has circa £400 million at hand for players wages and purchases this term with no strictures relating to Platini’s FFP bandits. Yet none of the media outlets seem to think this is of sufficient interest to publish a story on the topic. Why ?
First prediction of the season, if, and I say if, United do not garner 15 points from their first 7 cushy matches they will not recover for the rest of the season.
Chelsea, Liverpool and the Gunners are in the throws of strengthening their squad significantly and City it seems, with a couple of exceptions, seem to be happy with the team that scored 156 goals last season and won 2 trophies.
So the warnings signs are flashing Gaal and time is of the essence to strengthen United for if this does not happen I doubt if United will have what it takes to gain a fourth spot in the Premiership again this season and that would be a catastrophe, as in one year out of Europe, and survival is possible but two ? Not a chance.
O yea .The whack a mole stall is shut so go play in the traffic polys.