Hodgson claimed that England defender Shaw had been warned to improve his fitness by coaching staff at the World Cup prior to his £28million transfer to United.
The 19-year-old has since picked up a hamstring injury but van Gaal claims his fitness levels were good prior to the injury.
But van Gaal does not believe the Hodgson is the best person to judge Shaw's fitness since he arrived in Manchester.
The United boss said: "About Shaw I want to say something. I have read nasty articles about him. In the United States I said to him 'you came not fit'.
"But I changed his programme and he did everything that he was to do to be fit and now he is an example in the dressing room.
"He is training fantastic, so when you want to write something then maybe you can ask me 'is he doing his work or not?' I am open, I answer the questions when you put a question to me.
"He is not fit now because he is injured but Roy Hodgson cannot judge at this moment.
"Roy Hodgson cannot judge him because I have never seen him here at a training session.
"I think that he refers to the World Cup but I don't know. But now he is doing a great job."
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