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Report - Shaw assured first-team role ahead of United move

Southampton left-back Luke Shaw will complete a £31.5million transfer to Manchester United in the next 24 hours.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United target Luke Shaw has been assured a role as first-choice left-back upon arrival his arrival at Old Trafford.

The Southampton youngster, who is on the verge of becoming the most expensive teenage signing in football history, has been promised that he will start ahead of 33-year-old Patrice Evra.

"Southampton left-back Luke Shaw will complete a £31.5million transfer to Manchester United in the next 24 hours after being told he will be first-choice left-back," writes Adam Crafton.

Shaw enjoyed a fruitful campaign with the Saints last season and this summer has seen him make his tournament debut for England, in Brazil.

Despite lacking top-flight experience, he has displayed a fantastic maturity throughout each and every performance, at both club and international level.

His display against Costa Rica, in the Three Lions’ final World Cup fixture proved, to those who were not already aware, just how capable a player Shaw really is.

He earned plaudits for his composure and toughness, with many suggesting he should have received an earlier opportunity to prove his worth. In essence, one match was enough to prove himself as a better defensive left-back than Everton’s Leighton Baines.

Manchester United fans may feel the club are paying over the odds, but this is necessary to prise away players of the Southampton-man’s ability. Especially when his current club have no real interest in selling.

Shaw met Red Devils officials at the club's training ground yesterday evening, where he was given a personal tour ahead of a medical that occurred this morning.

If everything goes to plan, the 18-year-old should complete a move before the end of the day.

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