Shaw: I was out of shape when joining Manchester United


The left-back was criticised by Louis van Gaal for being unfit after completing a £27 million move last summer, but revealed he has come back in better shape a year on

Luke Shaw has admitted he was out of shape after joining Manchester United last season.

United made the left-back the highest-paid teenager in world football when moving from Southampton for £27 million 12 months ago, but was quickly criticised by Louis van Gaal for his lack of fitness.

Shaw had to wait until September 27 for his United debut and went on to make just 15 more Premier League appearances in an underwhelming debut season, but is ready to make amends in the new campaign.

“I only had myself to blame. I didn’t arrive at the club in the correct shape and things didn’t go to plan. The manager told me his feelings and I totally accepted that. At a massive club like United you have to be at your best.

“But I learned and this season I feel much fitter, much sharper and I have the experience of a year at Manchester United behind me. The big difference is my fitness. I got a good 45 minutes [against Club America in Seattle] and hopefully I can keep pushing on.”

Shaw denied reports he was given an trainer to improve his fitness, insisting it was him and Adnan Januzaj’s decision to up their pre-season routines.

“There were stories that Adnan and I were ordered to take a trainer, but they weren’t true,” said Shaw.

“We decided to ask a member of the coaching staff to come with us and we paid his flights.

“He worked us in four sessions per day. We had a football pitch, a gym and an altitude trainer, we did beach runs too. The most important thing for me was to come back fitter pre-season.”

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