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Luke vows to meet demands

Date published: 30 July 2014

LUKE Shaw insists he has no problem putting in the hard yards to make sure he is fully fit for his first season as a Manchester United player.

In a frank interview following United's penalty shoot–out win over Inter Milan in Washington last night, Shaw conceded manager Louis van Gaal had every right to criticise him over his lack of fitness.

And the 19–year–old admitted he underestimated just how challenging it would be to make the step up from Southampton to Manchester United.

Van Gaal revealed this week that he has had to devise a special training programme for Shaw, who turned up for pre–season out of shape after three weeks off.

The Dutchman was clearly not too happy with Shaw given that he had only just sanctioned the teenager's expensive transfer from the south coast.

Shaw has no qualms with his manager's public criticism of him.

"Obviously I have seen that, and it's something I totally agree with," Shaw said when asked about the manager’s comments.

"I have got to get fitter to get up and down (the wing). It's something I have got to work on."

Shaw became the fourth most expensive defender in history when he swapped Southampton for United in a deal that could cost the Old Trafford club as much as £28million.

To show just how much work he thinks Shaw needs to do, Van Gaal made the left–back take part in a gruelling fitness session on the morning of the win against Inter Milan, which came 5-3 on penalties after a 0–0 draw.

Now Shaw and the rest of his United team–mates fly to Detroit tomorrow ahead of their clash against Real Madrid, which is expected to take place in front of a crowd of over 100,000 people.

A win for United, who beat Roma in their first match of their American venture, would see them qualify for the final of the International Champions Cup, which takes place on Monday in Miami.


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