Luke Shaw could be mentally vulnerable at the World Cup this summer with England.
Luke Shaw seems more and more likely to be the man who will replace Patrice Evra at Manchester United.
With the Frenchman seemingly set for a move to Serie A, as his contract expires this summer, United have played their hands with reports of a huge £27 million offer for Shaw and the prospect of making him the highest paid teenager in the history of football.
The left-back has been included in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad and the player himself has suggested that he could be a little overwhelmed by the situation he finds himself in this summer.
“When the squad came out the next afternoon me and my family sat there thinking 'I'm 18 and I'm going to a World Cup'. Four years ago I was sat at home watching it on my sofa. It is going to be so weird,” Shaw told Saints Player.
In one respect the fact Shaw has no baggage or experience from international tournaments could be seen as an advantage but it could also give Louis van Gaal a big problem if he’s appointed as Manchester United’s next manager.
Shaw is likely to start behind Leighton Baines in the pecking order, with a logical sequence of events which could see him introduced into the side.
Hodgson will want to play it safe and could potentially use Shaw in the final group game, if England have secured their passage through to the next round by that point.
Shaw could have a blinder in that game, which would persuade Hodgson that the teenager is worth risking for the first knock out game and that’s where the danger comes in.
Shaw’s age means he could take any mistakes he makes much more personally than would be the case if he was 28-years-old instead of still being a teenager.
He could let any errors weigh on his mind and if Manchester United have sewn up a deal for him by the time England return, it could give him a mental problem before he’s even pulled on a United shirt.
It’s a massive season for whoever is in charge of United next season, which means the new boss needs his starting side for next season fully focused on the aim of getting back into the Premier League’s top four.