Photo: Luke Shaw shows off incredible fitness ahead of pre-season training

by Robbie Dunne

Luke Shaw came in for some criticism last summer over his conditioning but has shown he is ready to go when the new season starts.

The 20-year-old was criticised by Louis van Gaal for not being fit enough last summer but lost a half stone in an effort to prove to his the Dutchman and Man United fans he had the desire and ability to fulfil his potential at United.

Just as he was starting to show the world how good he was, he suffered a horrific leg break against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League groups stages which ended his season prematurely.

Shaw arrived from Southampton as a highly-touted left-back with speed, a desire to attack and the ability to defend in equal measure but initially struggled to come to terms with the seismic shift in attention when at a club like United.

Under van Gaal in his first year, he started just 16 games due to injury problems. This is where the questions started to be asked regarding his physical conditioning but based on the picture above, Shaw has turned a corner and matured in his preparation for what is shaping up to be a competitive season under the new United manager.

The Southampton academy graduate will benefit from Jose Mourinho‘s arrival and will be keen to show United fans he has what it takes to become a left-back comparable to Patrice Evra and Denis Irwin.

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