In the summer of 2014, Manchester United shelled out £30 million on Luke Shaw to make him the most expensive teenager in world football at the time.
Man U had fought off interest from Chelsea for the Southampton man who had broken onto the scene at Southampton at just the age of 16.
Along with Calum Chambers and James Ward-Prowse, Shaw was yet another academy graduate to make the well-trodden steps to the first-team and was arguably the best of the lot.
Despite only being 17, Shaw was an essential part of the Southampton side and played 25 games in the Premier League for the team. Incredibly, at just 18, Shaw played an even more vital role in the side in his second full season as he played 35 games for Saints and was voted into the PFA ‘Team of the Year’ and was also voted as the ‘Young Player of the Year’.
After such a meteoric rise, it was understandable why Man U shelled out so much money on the youngster and here’s what the fans had to say upon his arrival.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 27, 2014
@ManUtd win trophies >> man united.. Hope for trophies >> liverpool
— Kevin Fachreza (@kevinfachreza) June 27, 2014
— Frank Sinatra (@SinatraSinatra) June 27, 2014
— Charlie Murdoch (@CharlieM_498) June 27, 2014
— Lord Commander (@_TalimO) June 27, 2014
— Albert (@urstrulyalbert) June 27, 2014
While he may have had a quick rise to the top, his career at Man U has taken a lot more time and has only recently begun to take shape.
He played 16 games in his first season with the club and put in a series of solid performances. However, in the next season, after starting every league match at the beginning of the season, Shaw suffered a horrific leg break which ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Such was the severity of his leg break, that there were even questions as to whether Shaw may lose his leg. He returned to the team for the 2016/17 season but picked up a groin injury which limited him to 11 games.
Such were his constant injury problems that it was starting to look like Man U may never see the player who was once labelled as one of the best talents to come out of the country.
Shaw had even received criticism from Mourinho which on the outside looked as though he may well be coming close to an early end to his Man U career.
Thankfully, this year he has started to establish himself as a leader in the side and one of the better players in Mourinho’s underperforming side.
If he can continue to get back to full form, it seems the Man U fans were right to be excited by his arrival, although it may have taken longer than expected.