United boss Moyes and co watch £30m potential Evra replacement in action

Luke Shaw

David Moyes was at Villa Park today casting his eye over Luke Shaw of Southampton.

Manchester United boss David Moyes faces a tough trip back to Everton tomorrow - as does Steve Round and Phil Neville after all three made the switch to Old Trafford to form part of the Sir Alex Ferguson transition.

It has of course been a difficult first term in charge of the club and not just on the pitch, but off it as well.

Their transfer dealings have been poor - and last summer saw them miss out very publicly on big targets.

They seemed to sort things out by January - the signature of Juan Mata as shrewd as it was swift - and in the summer Moyes will invest again.

Last week saw them linked with a massive triple swoop for William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon, Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund and Luke Shaw of Southampton - Luke Shaw of Southampton that Moyes might have been checking out this afternoon.

Moyes was in the stands at Villa Park alongside Round, Neville - and well, Steve Bruce - to watch Aston Villa take on Southampton in the Midlands.

There are of course other potential targets he might have been checking out. Adam Lallana for instance has been linked.

But with Leighton Baines a no-go and Patrice Evra on his way out - Shaw seems a likely target.

And a costly one - with a quoted price of £30 million for the swashbuckling full-back.

Well did he prove to Moyes he is worth that much with his performance today?

In all honesty, no - he didn’t.

Going forward he looked fantastic. Quick, dynamic and skilled he often found himself behind the Villa defensive line.

But his defensive frailties were clear for all to see. He spent much of his time having his tail put between his legs by Marc Albrighton. How he plans to deal with the likes of Arjen Robben and the likes in a future Champions League plan for United is a concern.

However that is likely to come with age and experience and we all know how talented Shaw is.

Moyes could have been there compiling a match report ahead of their meeting on the 11th May - or he might have been killing two birds with one scouting mission.

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