6 Memorable Moments for New Manchester United Signing Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw started his career at Southampton after joining their academy when he was eight years old. He made his way up through the ranks, and he was already attracting the attention of Premier League clubs when he was playing for the U18s.
Eleven years after joining Southampton, Shaw was sold to Manchester United for £27 million, with the possibility of the fee rising to £31 million based on his performances for the club.
The young left-back already has three England caps to his name and has just returned from Brazil after making the World Cup squad.
Despite his age, Shaw has already achieved so much, but what are his most memorable moments?
Shaw was given his first opportunity to shine when he was just 16 years old. He made his debut for Southampton in the FA Cup after being used as a second-half substitute.
You would imagine that some teenagers would be overawed by the experience of playing against Millwall, but Shaw put in a good shift.
The game finished 1-1.
Youngest Player: 2012
Southampton were promoted to the Premier league for the 2012-13 season, which saw Shaw become their youngest-ever player to feature in the top flight.
He had to wait until November to get a game, though. He was given a starting role in Southampton's 1-1 draw with Swansea and was substituted off with 15 minutes left to play.
England Debut: 2014
In February 2014, Roy Hodgson selected Shaw for his England squad that was set to face Denmark in a friendly.
After learning the news, Shaw rang his mother to let her know and was visibly moved when speaking to her, as reported by The Mirror.
Shaw replaced Ashley Cole at half-time and England won the game 1–0, in what he claimed to be the best week of his life, as reported by Sky Sports:
"I enjoyed every minute of it and I will never forget the moment I came on. It has been an emotional week and the best week of my life. I will never forget this week."
PFA Shortlist: 2014
Following a fantastic season for Southampton, Shaw's contribution was recognised by his peers. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year, ahead of the likes of Leighton Baines and Cesar Azpilicueta, which was a huge achievement for the 18-year-old.
He was also on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, alongside Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Ross Barkley, Aaron Ramsey and Eden Hazard.
It was no surprise when Chelsea's Hazard was named the best young player in the league, but it said a lot about Shaw for him to be named among a group of talented players who mostly had more Premier League experience than him.
World Cup Squad: 2014
For this summer's World Cup, Shaw was one of the surprise inclusions. Roy Hodgson opted for youth instead of the experience of Cole, who had previously been one of England's most consistent performers.
After the news was announced, Sky Sports reported on the youngster's shock:
I seriously can't believe it still. When I found out Ashley Cole wasn't going I had that thought it could be me going but I didn't want to over-think saying 'I am definitely going' because I didn't receive anything that night.
When the squad came out the next afternoon me and my family sat there thinking 'I'm 18 and I'm going to a World Cup'.
Four years ago I was sat at home watching it on my sofa.
It is going to be so weird. I am still shocked that I am actually going.
Time flies. A year ago I made my Under-21 debut and now I'm going to a World Cup. Things can happen so fast. I am going to pray I don't get injured so I can be on that plane to Brazil.
Signed for Manchester United: 2014
Shaw had been linked to United for several months before finally making the £27 million move. With the club's history of giving young players a chance, Shaw felt United would be a better fit for his career than Chelsea, the club he grew up supporting.
After completing the move, Shaw spoke of his delight to have joined the club, as reported on the official club website.
I am thrilled and excited to be joining Manchester United.
I want to continue to progress my career and joining United is the ideal place for me to do that. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and also looking forward to learning from the world-class players and management at the club.
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