Defining summer for Luke Shaw at Manchester United, says leading performance consultant

Luke Shaw

Leading sports performance consultant Ray Wilson believes the Red Devils full-back has a point to prove in pre-season.

Leading sports performance consultant Ray Wilson of Back 2 Action has told 888Sport.com that this is shaping up to be a big summer for Manchester United defender Luke Shaw.

The Red Devils paid £27 million to Southampton for the full-back in 2014, according to the BBC, but saw the youngster struggle to offer an immediate return on that investment.

The Guardian carried quotes from Louis van Gaal shortly after his arrival at Old Trafford in which Shaw saw his weight questioned, while niggling knocks blighted his debut campaign with United.

A summer in which his future is not called into question and one in which he will start pre-season from the very beginning should aid the 19-year-old’s quest to get back on top of his game, with there still plenty of potential to be unlocked.

Wilson, though, believes Shaw must take it upon himself to make a point, silencing any doubters and proving himself to be worthy of a squad standing at one of the biggest clubs in world football.

Wilson, who counts Premier League stars Yannick Bolasie, Danny Rose, Nacer Chadli and Rolando Aarons among his clients, was interviewed as top-flight players start returning to their clubs for pre-season training and you can read his thoughts on the science behind summer preparations on 888sport.com.

Here is what he had to say on Shaw: “Luke Shaw should have been working throughout the whole of the summer on the injury dysfunctions that hindered him last season. Working on his upper body strength, his muscle intensity, looking at his whole physiology; so when he walks through the door for pre-season his chest is out high making people remember why Manchester United bought him. Not ‘Will he be fit? Will he feature?’

“He needs to quash all those doubts from the first of July and walk in and say ‘Luke Shaw is back. This is the reason Manchester United bought me.”

United supporters will be hoping to see Shaw hit the ground running this season, with there still some uncertainty surrounding the left-back berth at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal does, however, have a top talent at his disposal in that position and 2015/16 could well be the campaign in which a man who already has four senior England caps to his name starts to look more at home in illustrious surroundings.

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