Manchester United star Luke Shaw has the potential to become the best left-back in Europe if he dedicates himself a little more.
That is the view of Red Devils hero Paul Scholes, who has offered the former Southampton man some nuggets of advice to help his career flourish.
Shaw was named in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's starting line-up for the Europa League last 32 second-leg tie at home to Club Brugge on Thursday night and performed well in the 5-0 win.
But Scholes had some interesting words of advice for the full-back ahead of the game at Old Trafford.
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"As a left-back he can become anything he wants but it has to come from him," Scholes told BT Sport. "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.
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"If he had the dedication, I think he would be a top left-back.
“We know defensively he’s capable and going forward he has to contribute, there’s no doubt that he’s quick, not many people can stay with him, and he’s got a good left foot as well, he can cross the ball, he can get shots off himself.”
Shaw’s conditioning has come under fire in the past from former United managers Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.
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And as a result he seems to have been stereotyped by some as a lazy, overweight footballer.
The 24-year-old is now having to battle with Brandon Williams for a left-back berth after the teenager’s emergence this season.
It remains to be seen whether he can come out on top in the fight for a starting spot in the coming months.
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