Man Utd legend Gary Neville defends Luke Shaw’s price tag

Gary Neville backs Luke Shaw to become a Manchester United regular

By Dipak Patel

Gary Neville has no issues with the money Manchester United spent on Luke Shaw and believes he has the capabilities to become one of the best defenders in the world.

The 19-year-old joined United for £27M in the summer transfer window following an impressive season with Southampton.

Shaw has endured a difficult start to life at United due to injuries and lack of match fitness, but Neville is confident that the left-back will become a fixture in the side for the foreseeable future if he realises his potential.

“People in the summer said it [just over £30million] was a big price for Luke Shaw but I had no problem with the price tag on him because of the potential he has. His potential is absolutely enormous,” Neville told talkSPORT.

“When you watch him in training, and I’ve seen him with England, you just think it’s incredible to watch somebody run like he does.

“Staying fit, settling down in Manchester and getting used to the expectations of a new club [are important for him.]

“He could be there [at Old Trafford] for ten or fifteen years and if he performs to his capabilities and realises his potential he will be one hell of a player.”

Shaw has missed 11 Premier League games this season through injury, but the England international will be hoping those woes are behind him after starting three of the last four games for the Red Devils.

In his absence, United trio Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo have all been tried at left-back but none of them are naturally suited to the role.

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