£30m United newboy: Louis Van Gaal is an inspiration to me

Luke Shaw

Manchester United's Luke Shaw says that Louis Van Gaal has been a great inspiration to him so far.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw says that Louis Van Gaal is an inspiration to him. 

The 19-year-old joined Old Trafford in a £30 million transfer from Southampton this summer and there is a hope that he can develop into the man who dominates the club's left-back berth for a number of seasons. 

However, he has had to bide his time - only making his debut last weekend in a win against West Ham United. 

This waiting doesn't seem to have affected his relationship with Van Gaal negatively, though, and Shaw says his new manager is an inspiration.

"He's been a great inspiration to me," Shaw said to the Daily Mail.

"The manager and I talk at the training ground and we have discussions. I feel in good shape."

Van Gaal went public with his displeasure at Shaw's fitness levels after he arrived at the club over the summer and there were thoughts that this might have been a harsh way to manage an inexperienced youngster at the club.

Shaw, though, says that the Dutchman was right to call him out on that and he believes that the criticism worked. 

"Of course, he was right to say that," the full-back said. "We had a discussion in pre-season and the plan was to get my fitness up. It worked, I think, apart from the injury."

After getting his first appearance under his belt, Shaw will now be hoping to retain the left-back spot in the starting line-up. 

United's defence has looked particularly porous throughout the campaign so far, but Shaw offers them great energy down the left hand side and he should be able to give them an outlet going forward, whilst also solidifying the back-line.

The England international's next game should come against Everton at the weekend and he will be hoping to continue to impress as he looks to live up to his expensive price-tag, which he admits has put some pressure on him. 

"There's a lot of pressure on me because I arrived here for a big fee and there's attention that comes with that," he concluded.

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