Dwight Yorke: £31m Luke Shaw is not the complete article

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Manchester United may have spent a vast amount on former Southampton defender but he still has developing to do.

"I don’t think [Luke Shaw] is the complete article – he’s still a very young boy," said former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, who won a historic Treble with the Old Trafford club in 1999, to Sky Sports yesterday, Friday.

For a fee of £27 million that could rise to £31 million, United have invested in one of the hottest full back properties in Europe, a Southampton prodigy, an England international with tournament experience and a player who, at 18-years-old, has the ability to be nurtured from wonderkid to superstar under the exquisite developmental skills of incoming manager Louis van Gaal.

Yorke mentions that even though Shaw is not a complete player, he "is a fantastic left back and he’s had an outstanding season – a lot of United fans will be delighted they’ve got their man."

Long-serving primary defender Patrice Evra recently committed to a one year extension in the North-West and there was an argument that this meant United would not pursue Shaw, however, heading into the new club season, the club will now have two players vying for the same role, albeit at different ends of their respective careers.

For Yorke, this was by design… a calculated move.

He commented: "Patrice Evra is still at the club and he’s going to have a lot to say about who has that left back position. You can see the potential [in Shaw] and I think that’s why Evra is still [there], so he can learn from someone who’s been very successful at the club.

"He will learn a lot about being at a top football club and I’m sure he will turn out to be money well spent," concluded the 42-year-old.

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