Phil Neville: Man United’s forgotten man could be world class

Man United legend Phil Neville talks up Luke Shaw's potential at Old Trafford

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Luke Shaw could become a world-class defender for Manchester United if the England international realises his talent, Phil Neville says.

The England international moved to Manchester United from Southampton in the 2014 summer transfer window in a £27m deal.

Shaw’s move saw the Manchester United defender become the most-expensive teenager when he moved to Old Trafford from the Saints.

The 22-year-old made a slow start under Louis van Gaal before he came into his own towards the end of the 2014-15 Premier League season.

Shaw broke his leg at PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League in September 2015 to sideline the left-back for over 12 months at Old Trafford.

The England defender has been regularly criticised by Van Gaal’s replacement Jose Mourinho to raise questions about his future at Old Trafford.

Former Manchester United defender Neville believes Shaw could become a world-class defender if he realises his talent at Old Trafford.

“I hope the penny drops and he can fulfil his potential. I honestly think he will be world class,” Neville told Sky Sports.

The Red Devils edged to a 1-0 victory over title rivals Tottenham Hotspur last weekend thanks to Anthony Martial’s 81st-minute winner at Old Trafford.

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last term.

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