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Manchester United sign Luke Shaw

Manchester United have made their second major signing of the summer after signing Luke Shaw from Southampton.

United have paid a fee of around £27million for Shaw, a price that could rise to £31million depending on the performances of the 18-year-old left-back.

Shaw has signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford and has been promised that he is considered to be the first choice left-back, ahead of Patrice Evra.

The transfer fee has made Shaw the fourth most expensive defender in world football and I believe it is money well spent by United.

The club was in desperate need of a new left-back, with Evra’s performances seemingly getting worse and worse at the back. Back-up Alexander Büttner was also not Manchester United quality.

Shaw was one of Southampton’s star players last season and is yet another great example of Southampton’s excellent youth system, which has produced the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Adam Lallana.

The left-back produced 142 crosses last season which is more than all of the Manchester United players produced. Robin Van Persie will definitely be looking forward to playing with Shaw.

Shaw has the possibility to become an all-time great at both club and International levels now he has joined a big club like Manchester United.

The Louis Van Gaal era at United is starting to take shape and I can only hope that this transfer activity continues.

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