Manchester United finally signed Luke Shaw this summer after pursuing him since the January transfer window but Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed the left-back could have been a United player a long time ago.
Speaking to MUTV about life after United, Sir Alex explained to Jim Rosenthal how Southampton refused to sell Shaw when he was 16 and how United were always front runners to sign him when they did decide to sell.
“The signing of [Luke] Shaw was the one we tried to get when he was 16 years of age,” he said.
“They [Southampton] wouldn’t sell him to us but they always said we’d be first to know if they ever did. Of course, Ed Woodward carried that through and got him, I think for £30million. He’s a talented boy, a good footballer who likes to get forward all the time.”
As it happened, Shaw joined United three years after Sir Alex’s initial approach and will now hopefully go on to have a long career at Old Trafford just like Wayne Rooney has when he joined as a teenager.
It’s a shame United were unable to strike the same sort of agreement with Southampton over Gareth Bale…