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Louis van Gaal: We have to protect Luke Shaw

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United must do their best to “protect” Luke Shaw as he continues to struggle with injury.

Shaw joined Man United last summer in a deal worth almost £30m but he has largely failed to find form and fitness during his debut season at Old Trafford.

The left-back recently suffered an injury against Crystal Palace which convinced Gareth Southgate to leave him out of England U21s squad for this summer’s European Championships.

However, Southgate refused to divulge details of the injury when asked to do so earlier this week. Van Gaal insisted the decision was in the player’s best interests.

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When asked about the situation with Southgate, van Gaal said: ”I have read I am the winner. The winner is Luke Shaw. Maybe it was too fast the step from Southampton to Manchester United.

“We have to protect him. He can develop himself into a great talent. Roy Hodgson (England manager), Gareth Southgate and Manchester United will benefit from that.”

Van Gaal is absolutely right that Shaw shouldn’t be risked when it comes to his long-term fitness.

The 19-year-old still has a long way to go in terms of his development and he will benefit from getting a period of rest over the summer. With a full pre-season under his belt, van Gaal will be hoping Shaw can push on next season.

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