United prepared to abandon Shaw bid, could target World Cup star instead

Manchester United have long been looking to sign Southampton left back Luke Shaw - but could be set to abandon their bid and look elsewhere.

Shaw, 18, was one of the stars of Premier League season after a superb season with Southampton, and his displays even earned him a call-up to England's World Cup squad, as Roy Hodgson chose the youngster over the experienced option of Ashley Cole.

Whilst he hasn't made an appearance for the Three Lions in Brazil so far, Shaw has a huge future at both international and domestic levels - the latter of which could yet lie with Manchester United after Louis van Gaal's side made a £27m bid to sign the defender.

Southampton are believed to be holding out for £30m for their young gem, but United won't be held to ransom - leading to speculation that van Gaal will now turn his attention to Ajax's Blind.

The 24-year-old has started both World Cup games at left wing back for van Gaal's Holland side, and has undoubtedly been one of the most impressive players in the team and the tournament. His performance against Spain really turned heads around Europe, as he supplied a stunning pass for Robin van Persie to equalise before shutting down the Spanish attack in a historic 5-1 win.

A £12.5m valuation has reportedly been placed on Blind's head - whereas Shaw would cost over twice as much to land. Blind has certainly proven his worth on the biggest stage, but Shaw is arguably up to a similar level already, and has the potential to be one of the top left backs in world football.

Blind has shown the importance of the full backs in Van Gaal's system, and whilst the Ajax man is certainly familiar with van Gaal's system and tactics, United should still make Shaw their primary option over Blind simply because he has outstanding potential.

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