Manchester United’s Luke Shaw’s career at the club has been the subject of much speculation over the last few years. Ever since a horrific double-leg break in the early part of the 2015/16 season, the former Southampton defender has failed to hold down a position in the starting XI, and with doubts frequently expressed as to his application and fitness by his managers, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Shaw had left Old Trafford this summer.
However, the English left back has returned to United determined to make up for lost time, seemingly, and earn a place in Jose Mourinho’s plans. Shaw, currently in the United States with the club on their pre-season tour spoke to journalists about the frequent criticism he has received for his fitness, amongst other things.
“I guess you’ve just got to take it because there is always going to be negative criticism and positive but both of them can make you stronger,” he said, in quotes carried by The Guardian. “I’ve been unlucky because I’ve had a few ups and downs with different managers but I would say I’ve never been out of shape. Honestly, I feel really good and I’m raring to go, and the minutes [on tour] are only going to help me become fitter.”
“People can say I’m fat but I know my own body. I always look big because I’m bigger built – I’ve got that Wayne Rooney type of body.”