Luke Shaw is hoping to use pre-season to prove his worth to Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after a disappointing debut year at the club.
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The England international signed for the Red Devils from Southampton last summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £27 million [via BBC Sport].
Despite arriving on Manchester with the world seemingly at his feet, he was brought back down to earth by comments from van Gaal that questioned his physical shape and fitness [via Guardian Sport].
Shaw would struggle with injuries throughout last season and made just 16 apperances in the league, with his last coming against Crystal Palace but he was stretchered off early in the first half at Selhurst Park after suffering with a concussion.
That injury caused him to miss the final two games of the season as well as the European U-21 tournament this summer and that has given him the chance to get fully fit in preparation for the new campaign that begins against Tottenham Hotspur in August.
“A positive pre-season can help you through the whole campaign. It’s something I’m looking forward to,” Shaw said [via Sun Sport].
“Going on tour and playing against some great teams is something to be excited about.
“It involves hard work for the players, but also for the coaches who need to get the players ready for when that first game of the season comes.
“Game-time is obviously important as well, you need games to get your match fitness back up,” Shaw added.