Arsenal Legend Blasts Man Utd For "Killing" Youngster

Keown can't resist a dig at Man Utd...
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Keown can't resist a dig at Man Utd...
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Arsenal legend Martin Keown has waded in on Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal, saying the Dutchman's public criticism of Luke Shaw's fitness was detrimental to the young player's form. 

Speaking to 888Sport, Keown said "Van Gaal killed him a bit last season by saying he wasn’t fit. He’s a young boy and impressionable.”

Keown spent an incredible 11 years at Arsenal, playing 311 games for the Gunners and becoming an integral part of the the double winning side of '98, and featuring in the Invincibles side of 03/04. 

It was against Man Utd that Keown had his infamous outburst at Ruud Van Nistelrooy, a defining moment in the intense rivalry between the two clubs at the time. 

Adding his thoughts on United defender Chris Smalling, Keown said:

“Switching him from the left to the right side of defence has been critical because he needs to be on his right foot in possession. If he’s not it affects his whole game.

Towards the end of the season he played for England on his left side and I saw the same old indecision return.”