Shaw: I can handle the pressure of replacing Evra at Manchester United

Shaw: I can handle the pressure of replacing Evra at Manchester United

Luke Shaw has insisted he can handle the pressure that comes with playing for Manchester United and that he’s not daunted by the prospect of replacing Patrice Evra at Old Trafford.

Less than a month ago, Shaw became the most expensive teenager in history when he moved to United from Southampton in a deal worth £27m and the England international is now United’s only option at left-back.

Patrice Evra left the club earlier this week after eight illustrious career at Old Trafford and leaves a big pair of shoes for Shaw to fill but it is something the 19-year-old is looking forward to.

Speaking to FIFA’s official website, Shaw said: “I don’t feel any pressure to come in for Evra.

“He has been great for the club for the last 10 years and I hope I can carry that on. I will just try to focus on my own game, what I do on the pitch. I’m looking forward to trying to impress the new gaffer.”

Shaw had been on United’s radar since January but the transfer appeared to be complicated given that he was a Chelsea fan growing up and most of his family also support the West London club, but the former Southampton left-back admitted United’s appeal was impossible to resist.

“Manchester United is the biggest club and it will push me to do my best,” Shaw added.

“I signed a contract here because I know what the club is capable of. And I know I will improve at the club.”

Shaw has talked the right talk leading up to what could be his United debut later today against LA Galaxy and if he can live up to the potential he has shown already in his young career, United may well have found the perfect replacement for Evra in much the same fashion as a young David de Gea has more than filled Edwin van der Sar’s shoes.

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Dan is a freelance journalist whose passion for European and South American football is only bettered by his love for Manchester United. He covers opinion columns and has also been published on The Guardian.