Luke Shaw Fitness: Updates on Manchester United Star's Hamstring and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2014

Jul 22, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Manchester United defender Luke Shaw during team practice before the game on July 23 against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 21

Manchester United announced Luke Shaw's status for today's match:


Updates from Friday, Sept. 12

Manchester United's official Twitter feed has an update on Shaw:


Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 9

Mark Ogden of The Telegraph has an encouraging update on Luke Shaw's hamstring injury:

England full-back Luke Shaw is on course to be fit for Sunday’s Premier League encounter with Queens Park Rangers after overcoming the hamstring injury that has forced the teenager to wait for his full United debut.


The left-back has now returned to full training, however, and could make his first competitive appearance this weekend alongside fellow new signings Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao.


Updates from Friday, Aug. 29

England boss Roy Hodgson has revealed Luke Shaw's fitness shortcomings date back to his days at Southampton.

Shaw is currently nursing a hamstring problem, but he had been placed on a specific fitness programme prior to that setback after Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal claimed he wasn't fit enough.

Hodgson has now confessed Shaw was warned to get fitter by both Southampton and England, per Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail:

He might have had it mentioned to him a couple of times during the World Cup when we were together by people like myself and Gary Lewin (England’s head physio).

When Van Gaal talks to Mauricio Pochettino then Pochettino will say to him, 'What you were saying to Luke Shaw is what I’ve been saying to him.'

I think a lot of Luke’s situation is purely down to the fact that he is still young, his body is changing but I think he’s aware that the work-rate which is required does mean he’s got to work very, very hard on that aspect of his game.


Updates from Friday, Aug. 15

Manchester United's official Twitter feed has the latest on Shaw:

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13

Sky Sports provide an update on Luke Shaw's status:

Jamie Jackson of The Guardian reported on Shaw's injury: 

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12

Manchester United provide an update on Luke Shaw's status:


Updates from Wednesday, July 30

Luke Shaw has backed Louis van Gaal's decision to start the left-back on a new training regime in order to improve his fitness.

Shaw said after Manchester United's friendly win over Inter Milan, per Sky Sports:

It's something I totally agree with. Playing in this formation you really have to be fit. I am fit but not at his high demands. I know I have got to get fitter to get up and down.


I didn't come into United thinking it's going to be much harder and that's something I made a mistake on. I thought it was just going to be the same but United is the biggest club in the world and there are world-class players in training so it's something that is going to push me on.


Pre-season you are always going to try and get your fitness up so I am not too sure but today I played 45 minutes and I felt great. I could have played on. [...] I wasn't meant to play today because me and the staff decided it would be better to push me harder in training, but I didn't have any problems and I feel good.


Updates from Tuesday, July 29

Luke Shaw is back in the good graces of Louis van Gaal after his performance on Tuesday evening against Inter via the club's official Twitter account:

Although Shaw is still not completely in Van Gaal's good books, per The Independent's Ian Herber


Original Text

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal isn't afraid to crack the whip on one of the club's biggest summer purchases. The Dutchman has said that Luke Shaw isn't up to match fitness and requires extra training ahead of the club's Premier League opener, per The Independent's Ian Herbert:

Van Gaal did add, though, that Shaw hasn't suffered any kind of injury, allaying supporters' fears in that regard, per Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News:

This comes on the same day that the Red Devils manager admitted that his squad is "broken," per Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail:

The Manchester Evening News' Rob Dawson supplied more from the boss, as he discussed Shaw's conditioning in more detail:

He is ok, but I am always a trainer-coach who sees individuals and what they need. He needs to be fit and he is not very fit and fit enough to do what I want. He needs to train individually until he is fit. I cannot judge that, but I see what I see. I have spoken with him and we have made a programme for him. He agreed with me.

The report also included Van Gaal's response to an inquiry as to the length of time Shaw would work out by himself.

"That we have to see, but that I don’t know," said Van Gaal. "I have heard good messages from Strud (fitness coach Tony Strudwick), but we have to see."  

United bought Shaw this summer from Southampton for £27 million. The 19-year-old has appeared in the club's first two friendlies and looks to have acquitted himself well with Van Gaal's tactics.

The 62-year-old is a strict disciplinarian, though, and is likely using Shaw as an example. Nobody gets a free pass into the starting lineup—you have to earn it.

Many felt that that kind of shakeup was necessary to break the stagnation in the squad and get United back to the top again in England. To see him already cracking down must be an encouraging sign for the club's fans.