Paul Scholes questions 'dedication' of Manchester United defender Luke Shaw

Paul Scholes has criticised Manchester United defender Luke Shaw’s fitness, which he claims is preventing him from becoming a ‘top left-back’.

Shaw’s conditioning has come under fire in the past from former United managers Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.

The 24-year-old defender has started just 12 games in the Premier League this season, with the emergence of youngster Brandon Williams.

Before United’s 5-0 win over Club Brugge in the Europa League on Thursday night, Scholes told BT Sport: ‘As a left-back he can become anything he wants but it has to come from him. It’s in his own head.

‘He just hasn’t stayed fit enough for long enough.

‘If he wants to be one of the best left-backs in Europe he can be.

‘He’s strong and he’s quick. He has a nice left foot. As a full-back you have to be one of the fittest on the field.

‘He has proven recently that he hasn’t got the engine to do that. He’s not quite had the dedication to that role.

‘If he had the dedication, I think he would be a top left-back.’

Shaw featured in the emphatic victory over Belgian side Brugge, with January signing Odion Ighalo scoring his debut goal for the club.

Fellow winter transfer Bruno Fernandes also notched his second goal for United, with Scott McTominay also getting on the score sheet after a long stint out with a knee injury.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side progress to the Round of 16, with Europa League glory a viable route to attain Champions League football.

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