Is £30m signing David Moyes' parting gift for Manchester United?

Luke Shaw

Manchester United are reportedly close to tying up a deal for Luke Shaw despite being without a manager.

Manchester United may be without a manager, but they are reportedly closing on a deal to sign Luke Shaw, according to The Guardian.

And it may just have been David Moyes' last act as United boss to help get the potential deal in place.

The Mirror reported after his sacking: "Mirror Sport can reveal Moyes was so unaware that he was about to be fired that he worked on FOUR deals for new players on the day it was made known he was departing."

The paper reported that Luke Shaw was the main player he was working on persuading to join the club, with Toni Kroos another whose future he spent time looking at on Monday.

Cheekily, the remaining two mentioned by the paper were the futures of Nick Powell and Wilfried Zaha, currently out on loan from United.

The Guardian go onto report: "Moyes is recognised at United for being largely responsible for persuading Shaw to place United ahead of Chelsea, with the former manager having put in long hours to try to secure the hottest prospect in the domestic game."

The Southampton left-back is seen as England's biggest rising star, with United keen to wrap up the deal for Patrice Evra's replacement ahead of the World Cup.

If the reports are accurate, then Shaw will indeed by David Moyes' parting gift at United.

A player with the potential to be United's first choice left-back for the next decade, that could be quite a positive legacy to leave behind amid all the negative memories of his nightmare season in charge.

Here's a look at how Shaw compares to Evra: 

  TeamPosKey Passes OpenplayKey Passes SetplayGoals OpenplayEffective Blocked CrossFinal Third EntriesWon TackleAppsMins
Patrice Evra Man Utd DF 31 0 0 13 178 49 30 2,614
Luke Shaw Southampton DF 26 1 0 25 183 55 32 2,732

 

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