Luke Shaw has surprised Jose Mourinho and the Manchester United coaching staff over pre-season by finishing top of fitness tests on the first day of the club’s tour of the United States, according to reports.
The defender was once again pushed to the periphery by Jose Mourinho last season, with the manager attacking Shaw for lacking the appropriate fitness to be aggressive in his position.
He cut his summer holiday short by a week to work closely with Gary Walker, the club’s head of strength and conditioning, in the searing temperatures of Dubai to ensure he was in peak condition ahead of pre-season.
And according to the Metro, Shaw has made an early impression on Mourinho this summer by smashing the club’s fitness tests upon arriving in Los Angeles.
The 22-year-old was hounded by the tabloids and later his own supporters for a picture of him on a boat in Ibiza in which he looked out of shape.
This latest development, you will be glad to hear, underlines the folly in actually believing these toxic narratives spouted by certain newspapers. Supporters should instead get right behind the left-back, especially with no additions in that area expected this summer.
He has resolved to fight for his place at United, taken it upon himself to get himself into peak condition, and is now hitting the ground running in pre-season. Supporters will look forward to seeing him feature at left-back over the next few weeks in the absence of Ashley Young.