Towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign, it became clear that the players were looking exhausted after a few months playing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s high-intensity style of play.
For a club with Manchester United’s stature, low fitness levels just simply isn’t good enough; although I sort of understand it as the players became accustomed to Jose Mourinho’s defensive-minded style.
Anyway, the 2019/20 pre-season is going to be key as the squad looks to adapt to the new tactics – regaining fitness has to be atop of several player’s priority list.
According to the Daily Mail, Luke Shaw is already putting in the work at United’s AON Training Complex – as he looks to get a head start before a ‘tough pre-season ahead’.
Shaw has been critiqued for weight issues in the past and to hear that he’s already preparing for next season is hugely encouraging. The Mail’s report also adds that the left-back is planning on taking a fitness coach on holiday with him to ensure that he keeps on the right path.
Our Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award winner is leading by example and if others follow suit, it’d go an awfully long way to changing the somewhat lazy attitude that has crept into the dressing room over the last couple of years.