Manchester United legends Arthur Albiston and Denis Irwin have insisted that full-back Luke Shaw can star at the club for years to come.
In an interview with United review, as reported by the club's official website, the duo have been full of praise for the teenager the Red Devils signed from Southampton this past summer.
In fact, Albiston, who starred at United for 14 seasons, has insisted that Shaw can play at Old Trafford for the next 10 years. Albiston has compared the youngster with Stuart Pearce and hailed his physique and style on the field of play.
The United great said: “We have seen him play over the last two or three seasons in Southampton's first team, but prior to that in the Academy teams and he always looked like a Rolls Royce kind of player.”
“He has got a great physique on him, he looks so smooth in the way he runs and he's comfortable on the ball when going forward. He reminds me a little bit of Stuart Pearce because he will give you a kick when he needs to, so there is no problem there. He can play here for the next 10 years if he stays fit.
“I think in every game he has played, at least when he has been fit, he has looked more and more confident. Obviously, getting a move to a club of this size is a little bit different to playing at Southampton. You are always expected to play well here, win matches and then lift trophies as well.
“But Luke will get used to that without a problem. He has also got himself into the international set-up and I am sure he will become a fixture for England over the next 10 to 15 years. All in all, he is making great progress and I am sure there is still a lot to come from him.”
Shaw settling in
Denis Irwin, meanwhile, who also starred at the club for a long period, has insisted that Shaw will be a fantastic player for United, but is still settling into his new surroundings.
Much like Albiston, Irwin has suggested that the teenager, who earns a reported £120,000-a-week at the club, will be the club's first choice left-back for many years.
The club's former left-back said: “He had a whirlwind two months when he signed for us after playing at the World Cup, which is a lot to take on for a 19-year-old. It took him a while to settle and realise what the club is all about, which is why pre-season is a good time to sign players.
“Injuries held him back a bit but once he got in, he looked really strong and don’t forget he is only a boy. He has been very unfortunate with injuries, but he will be a fantastic player for us. I guarantee you that. I have no doubt at all that he will be our first-choice left-back for years to come.”
After a steady start to his Old Trafford career, Shaw will now be desperate to prove his credentials at the club over the coming months as Louis van Gaal's side go in search of securing their place in next year's Champions League competition.
Shaw, then, will be hoping to feature in the club's upcoming clash with Premier League strugglers QPR as the Red Devils look to bounce back after suffering defeat at the hands of the player's former club Southampton in their last outing.
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