Man United legend backs newbie to shine

Former Manchester United defender and current England coach Gary Neville believes that Luke Shaw will thrive at Old Trafford after his big money switch from Southampton.

The 19-year-old defender recently became English football’s most expensive teenager when he finalised is long awaited move to the Theatre of Dreams after returning from World Cup duty with the Three Lions.

Shaw was, arguably, the Premier League’s top left-back last season despite his age, yet some have expressed doubts as to whether he will be able to live with the £27m price tag placed upon him.

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But Neville – one of United’s best ever full-backs – believes that as long as the youngster is given a little patience, he will come good for the Red Devils and develop into one of the best defenders around:

“I am trying to keep guarded here about the size of talent that exists in this footballer,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

“Luke did brilliantly last season in the Premier League and he did enough to warrant and deserve an England call. We were really pleased with him.

“United fans have got to understand, and this is not the boy’s fault, is that when you sign someone at that age for £27m, you don’t get perfection straight away but you have to give him time and space to develop.

“I think Luke will need time to settle in, as any 19-year-old boy would coming to Manchester. I am expecting he will do well this season but you will really see a really quite fantastic full-back in 18 months to two years.

“When he matures and gets used to the club and settles into the environment and understands the expectation he will blossom.”