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Luke Shaw Becomes United’s Second Summer Signing: What Role Will He Play Next Season?

It seems 24 hours is a long time when it comes to football and the transfer window, as United have now confirmed two new players in that period.

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It seems 24 hours is a long time when it comes to football and the transfer window, as United have now confirmed two new players in that period.

Sky Sports report that Manchester United have signed teenage defender Luke Shaw for a fee of around £30 million from Southampton on a four year deal.

The 18 year-old had an impressive first season in the Premier League with Southampton, which led to his call-up to Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.

Despite getting limited playing time, Shaw did play the full 90 minutes in the final group game against Costa Rica.

The left-backs career trajectory seems to be heading in only one direction and at only 18, there is still plenty of time for improvement.

When you compare Shaw’s season with Patrice Evra’s it shows that allow the Frenchman scored a goal and provided two more assists, Shaw was the more solid of the two. (Squawka)

The Southampton defender won overall 58% of his average duels and committed a massive 15% less fouls than his experiences new teammate. (Squawka)

But the question is, who will be Louis van Gaal’s starter next season?

In my opinion, having spent £30 million of the transfer budget on a left-back you would like to think that he will be given first opportunity to prove himself.

However, away from the financial aspect, I think Shaw is better suited to what the Dutchman expects from his full backs. Defensively strong, quick, good on the ball and high energy over-lapping.

I can see Shaw being the starting left-back and Patrice Evra will act the safety net, if things were to go horribly wrong or injury were to strike.


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