Why Manchester United’s £27 million deal could turn out like Wayne Rooney

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United are confident of signing Southampton’s young left back Luke Shaw for a fee of around £27 million according to various outlets and although there may have been some complications, a deal still looks on.

Shaw is one of the hottest properties in English football and after an impressive season he was named in the England squad for this summers World Cup in Brazil. That is some achievement considering he only made his England debut last year.

He has been a near ever-present for the Saints since making his debut at just 16 years of age and has played in all but three games this season in the Premier League. completing the full 90 minutes on 35 occasions.

Shaw may only be 18 but he has the physique of a grown man. He is 6″1, very strong, has good pace and a great engine. He is renowned for being very good technically, a very good crosser and passer of the ball and has even been likened to ex-Saints left back Gareth Bale due to his marauding runs up the left wing.

But don’t let the talk of his attacking ability cloud the fact that he is also a very able defender. His defensive skills were on show on Sunday as he kept our own young star Adnan Januzaj quiet, something that not many defenders have been able to do this season.

His defensive qualities are proven as Squawka show that Shaw has won 55% of his aerial duels this season – a higher percentage than Evra, Baines or Cole – and he also tops them with his tackles won, recording an impressive 58%.

His departure would be a big blow for Southampton and Saints legend Matt Le Tissier has spoken about just how good the youngster is

“Luke is very mature for an 18 year old and looks like he will be England’s left back for many years to come,” he said.

“You could see from a young age that he was going to have a successful career. He had a presence on the pitch which you don’t often get from someone of his age and he can influence matches which for a full back is a remarkable trait.”

Very high praise indeed.

The reported fee of £27 million is a lot of money but seeing as Shaw could be our left back for the next ten years, it could go down as a very smart investment. United paid similar fees for both Ferdinand and Rooney when they were young and both have proven to be superb bargains.

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