Shaw has been left sidelined since September after he suffered a double leg fracture during the Champions League defeat against PSV Eindhoven in Holland.
He is due to resume training with the Man United first-team on Monday but van Gaal has little hopes of the defender playing for England at the European Championships this summer.
“It was always in the gym, on the treadmill, in the swimming pool and so on, but now he can train for the first time with his bodyweight on the pitch, so it is going great for him.
“But also, it shall be very difficult for him to play the final of the FA Cup.”
I think even if Shaw feels ready to return before the end of the season that he shouldn’t be risked because you just know that Roy Hodgson would take a chance on him and include him in England’s squad for Euro 2016.
Shaw will be desperate to play again as soon as possible but he is 20 and has his whole career ahead of himself, so waiting a few more months to return, in order to make sure he is 110% ready, is a precaution worth taking both for Shaw and for United.
Next season is when we’ll hopefully see Shaw truly blossom but he’s at the beginning of a long road to recovery, which is exactly why I hope he doesn’t return for United until next season.