Van Gaal - Shaw not fit enough

Last Updated: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:29
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Manchester United have had to devise a special training programme for Luke Shaw, to get the summer signing in shape for the new season.

Shaw had a fortnight off after the World Cup and he has arrived at United unfit, according to manager 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 in Washington DC, 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)."

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