With Everton rejecting United’s ‘derisory’ offer of £12 million for Leighton Baines, David Moyes has been looking elsewhere to see what is available on the market and despite Shaw signing a new five year deal with the Saints this summer, it is believed a fee in the region of £10 million would be enough to lure him to Old Trafford.
The Southampton academy product is highly rated and is considered one of the best English youth prospects in the Premier League having made his debut for Southampton in January 2012.
For me, a move for Shaw makes far more sense than attempting to bring Baines into the club. While there is no doubting that Baines is one of the best left backs in the league, Patrice Evra’s superb performance against Swansea once again showed that on his day he is still a world class player and with all the upheaval at Old Trafford this year, it is imperative that United keep their experienced players involved as much as possible.
At 18, Shaw is at a perfect age to come and work underneath Evra. Baines would expect to come into United’s first team and it wouldn’t be a long term solution to replacing Evra given his age. Shaw could come in and be an understudy for Patrice, learning from him for a couple of years before eventually replacing him in the first team at around 20/21.
No disrespect to Southampton but if United went in with a good offer, they may be powerless to stop him leaving. The likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain have all come through their youth academy and left when given the opportunity at the right age.
Already touted as England’s new left back, Shaw would be exactly the type of signing that United have made over the years. Young, hungry and ready to improve, he would be a great acquisition by Moyes if he decided to make the move.