Dennis Irwin backs Luke Shaw to be big success at Manchester United

LUKE SHAW

LUKE SHAW

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Denis Irwin is convinced Luke Shaw will be a big success at Manchester United.

Shaw became the most expensive teenager in history when he moved from Saints to Manchester United this summer.

The initial £27m down payment, which eclipsed the £25.8m fee United paid for Wayne Rooney, raised a few eyebrows as Shaw only turned 19 a week ago.

But Irwin is sure United have made a sound investment in the teenager, who went to the World Cup ahead of 107-cap defender Ashley Cole, who subsequently retired from international football.

Irwin had a 12-year stretch as United’s undisputed first-choice left-back, and he believes Shaw has the potential to hold on to the same position for a similar length of time.

“He is going to be a fantastic signing for years to come,” said the former United defender, who played 529 times for the club.

“He showed he has great pace for England at the World Cup and in the warm-up games.

“He has always been great going forward, we have seen that in the Premier League.

“There was talk of Chelsea being in for him so I am delighted that he signed for United.

“He is a fantastic player, who will improve and get stronger."

Although he supported Chelsea growing up, Shaw chose United ahead of the London club.

United are so confident about Shaw’s ability to succeed that they are willing to let experienced campaigner Patrice Evra depart even though he signed a new contract in May.

Back-up Alexander Buttner has also been sold to Dynamo Moscow.

Irwin is sure the hefty transfer fee United paid for Shaw will not prove to be a burden for the young left-back.

“As a young lad, you don't feel the pressure as much as older players,” Irwin added.

“Market forces dictate what you have to pay for players.

“But he has been playing in the Premier League for the last two years with Southampton.

“He is a strong lad for a 19-year-old.”

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5:14am Mon 21 Jul 14

White and red till dead says...

Yawn...
Yawn... White and red till dead
  • Score: 22

6:18am Mon 21 Jul 14

andoru says...

Hope not. Well, not unless we negotiated a massive sell-on clause.
Hope not. Well, not unless we negotiated a massive sell-on clause. andoru
  • Score: 4

8:23am Mon 21 Jul 14

thesaint88 says...

Who are ya
Who are ya thesaint88
  • Score: 2

9:07am Mon 21 Jul 14

Clever Dick says...

We don't care. This has nothing to do with Saints.
We don't care. This has nothing to do with Saints. Clever Dick
  • Score: 8

9:31am Mon 21 Jul 14

jls217 says...

Why is space being wasted in our local paper and here on a non Saints player?
Why is space being wasted in our local paper and here on a non Saints player? jls217
  • Score: 9

10:19am Mon 21 Jul 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

who gives a monkey what Irwin thinks!
who gives a monkey what Irwin thinks! worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 10

10:39am Mon 21 Jul 14

Manchester calling says...

There are those fans who feel a sense of pride, almost parental, about the ongoing success of ex players. I still feel than Walcott, Bale, Ox are still part of the family and will do for Ricky, Adam and Luke. Yes we didn't want them to go but that's the way it goes and has done for years. However, Once a Saint always a Saint. Don't be too hard on them and no sour grapes please
There are those fans who feel a sense of pride, almost parental, about the ongoing success of ex players. I still feel than Walcott, Bale, Ox are still part of the family and will do for Ricky, Adam and Luke. Yes we didn't want them to go but that's the way it goes and has done for years. However, Once a Saint always a Saint. Don't be too hard on them and no sour grapes please Manchester calling
  • Score: -11

10:52am Mon 21 Jul 14

noodlesnewman says...

worried of n e hampshire wrote:
who gives a monkey what Irwin thinks!
waste of print this article , who gives a flying fcuk ! concentrate on our current players not x players d e !
[quote][p][bold]worried of n e hampshire[/bold] wrote: who gives a monkey what Irwin thinks![/p][/quote]waste of print this article , who gives a flying fcuk ! concentrate on our current players not x players d e ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: 5

11:04am Mon 21 Jul 14

Bazultra says...

Hope hes a complete flop the folking judas.

COYR
Hope hes a complete flop the folking judas. COYR Bazultra
  • Score: 5

11:30am Mon 21 Jul 14

City Saint says...

Good luck to the Shaman, he achieved a lot with us and now becomes and advert for our youth system with Bale, Wlcott, the Ox and the rest.

One day soon we will hold on to more of our top youth, but all clubs sell at the right price. Even the Barcas and manures.

Personally I look forward to seeing Targett and more of Clyne.

At least Fox is already gone!
Good luck to the Shaman, he achieved a lot with us and now becomes and advert for our youth system with Bale, Wlcott, the Ox and the rest. One day soon we will hold on to more of our top youth, but all clubs sell at the right price. Even the Barcas and manures. Personally I look forward to seeing Targett and more of Clyne. At least Fox is already gone! City Saint
  • Score: 6

12:36pm Mon 21 Jul 14

steekeemcglue says...

Shaw is a good player,,, but both he and Lallana were massively overrated by Manure and L'Pool.... Shaw will get found out by quality defenders and Lallana will have to up his pass completion.... Liverpool's desperate buying will end in disaster... they are trying to buy a team in one go and this is a recipe for trouble. With no Suarez they will not score so many goals with 8 players in defensive positions and I can not see them finishing in the top 4 next season. To be honest although AL was a wank3r the way he left , I don't wish him or Shaw and bad feeling ... good luck to them...
Shaw is a good player,,, but both he and Lallana were massively overrated by Manure and L'Pool.... Shaw will get found out by quality defenders and Lallana will have to up his pass completion.... Liverpool's desperate buying will end in disaster... they are trying to buy a team in one go and this is a recipe for trouble. With no Suarez they will not score so many goals with 8 players in defensive positions and I can not see them finishing in the top 4 next season. To be honest although AL was a wank3r the way he left , I don't wish him or Shaw and bad feeling ... good luck to them... steekeemcglue
  • Score: 1

12:42pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Manicsaintbloke says...

if they are Ex saints MOVE ON its boring now I understand pages in papers and website pages need filling but us saints fans are more concerned with the replacement of these players and as of yet he hasn't been replaced that's more important to me his replacement
if they are Ex saints MOVE ON its boring now I understand pages in papers and website pages need filling but us saints fans are more concerned with the replacement of these players and as of yet he hasn't been replaced that's more important to me his replacement Manicsaintbloke
  • Score: 1

1:30pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Sheffieldsaint says...

So!
So! Sheffieldsaint
  • Score: 0

2:20pm Mon 21 Jul 14

bullsbags says...

Manchester calling wrote:
There are those fans who feel a sense of pride, almost parental, about the ongoing success of ex players. I still feel than Walcott, Bale, Ox are still part of the family and will do for Ricky, Adam and Luke. Yes we didn't want them to go but that's the way it goes and has done for years. However, Once a Saint always a Saint. Don't be too hard on them and no sour grapes please
So if your wife left you because she was shagging your best mate,you would say never mind these things happen
She will always be part of the family
[quote][p][bold]Manchester calling[/bold] wrote: There are those fans who feel a sense of pride, almost parental, about the ongoing success of ex players. I still feel than Walcott, Bale, Ox are still part of the family and will do for Ricky, Adam and Luke. Yes we didn't want them to go but that's the way it goes and has done for years. However, Once a Saint always a Saint. Don't be too hard on them and no sour grapes please[/p][/quote]So if your wife left you because she was shagging your best mate,you would say never mind these things happen She will always be part of the family bullsbags
  • Score: 3

3:48pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Beer Monster says...

worried of n e hampshire wrote:
who gives a monkey what Irwin thinks!
Presumably this means Paul Scholes was unavailable due to being back in the mental institution after his last rant about Shaw left him frothing at the mouth
[quote][p][bold]worried of n e hampshire[/bold] wrote: who gives a monkey what Irwin thinks![/p][/quote]Presumably this means Paul Scholes was unavailable due to being back in the mental institution after his last rant about Shaw left him frothing at the mouth Beer Monster
  • Score: 1

8:10am Tue 22 Jul 14

Manchester calling says...

bullsbags wrote:
Manchester calling wrote:
There are those fans who feel a sense of pride, almost parental, about the ongoing success of ex players. I still feel than Walcott, Bale, Ox are still part of the family and will do for Ricky, Adam and Luke. Yes we didn't want them to go but that's the way it goes and has done for years. However, Once a Saint always a Saint. Don't be too hard on them and no sour grapes please
So if your wife left you because she was shagging your best mate,you would say never mind these things happen
She will always be part of the family
Interesting analogy but a more suitable one would be to compare the situation to your children leaving home to follow a career instead of staying with the family firm.
If you prefer the wife version you could say that after the bitterness fades you realise you loved them once and perhaps some of the fault lay with you. Better to review,improve and make a fresh start. It's going to be fun!
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manchester calling[/bold] wrote: There are those fans who feel a sense of pride, almost parental, about the ongoing success of ex players. I still feel than Walcott, Bale, Ox are still part of the family and will do for Ricky, Adam and Luke. Yes we didn't want them to go but that's the way it goes and has done for years. However, Once a Saint always a Saint. Don't be too hard on them and no sour grapes please[/p][/quote]So if your wife left you because she was shagging your best mate,you would say never mind these things happen She will always be part of the family[/p][/quote]Interesting analogy but a more suitable one would be to compare the situation to your children leaving home to follow a career instead of staying with the family firm. If you prefer the wife version you could say that after the bitterness fades you realise you loved them once and perhaps some of the fault lay with you. Better to review,improve and make a fresh start. It's going to be fun! Manchester calling
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