£30m United target 'one of finest, young, British players since Duncan Edwards'

Luke Shaw

David Pleat believes that Luke Shaw has the ability to be a superstar.

Southampton have probably been the revelation team of the season. Comfortable in eighth and with their players constantly making their way into the England squad they have been superb.

This summer there is the possibility of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw all going to Brazil with England - while Jay Rodriguez was in with a shout before knee ligament damage.

For Shaw it has been the most meteoric of rises.

The teenager only turns 19 in July and has been an ever present in the Saints side this season.

Unfortunately for the South Coast talent factory it looks like he might be on his way this summer.

Chelsea, the team he supports, are said to be keen - but Manchester United have been tipped as the favourites to sign him in recent weeks.

The Red Devils need a new left-back as Patrice Evra looks set to leave the club when his contract expires - and the talented Shaw might just fit the bill.

And one pundit compared him to a United legend yesterday.

During the NBC Sports commentary for the Southampton v Everton game yesterday, which saw Shaw on the winning side in a 2-0 win, former Luton Town and Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat was asked his thoughts on Shaw by commentator John Champion.

To which he responded:

"I think he's (Shaw) one of the finest, young, British players since the great Duncan Edwards"

A massive statement to make.

Edwards is still considered by many as one of the most naturally talented footballers to ever play the game, and had his life not been tragically cut short at 21 in the Munich Air Disaster, many say he might have become the best ever.

Which puts into context just how talented Pleat, who would have watched Edwards as an excited young boy, believes Shaw is.

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