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Wayne Rooney should be able to help Luke Shaw settle at United

The young fullback will hope to have half the career his new teammate has enjoyed at United.

If at any point Luke Shaw feels overawed by the £30 million price tag Manchester United have paid to bring him to Old Trafford from Southampton, there is one player in the dressing room more than familiar with such pressures, having made a similar move at the very same age.

Wayne Rooney switched from Everton at 18-years-old for a then world record for a teenager £25.6 million.

And despite the odd rather illogical questioning of his ability, he has for all intents and purposes hugely come through on his potential, scoring 216 goals in 442 games for United and 40 in 95 for England.

Both players were long earmarked as individuals of huge potential, and made their first team debuts at 16. In fact, Shaw was several months younger than Rooney when he first featured for Southampton's senior side, though the United striker did make his England debut a year younger.

Like the former Saints defender, Rooney was just 18 when he made the big money move to United. Heralded as one of the most promising forwards of his generation, plenty of managers and pundits championed his promise, even while some questioned the size of his fee. Both players became the most expensive teenagers ever signed after their moves, with Rooney the holder of the record until Shaw surpassed that.

If Shaw was in any doubt over a move to United, he only need look at the honours Rooney has won since joining the club: 5 Premier League titles (the first coming in his third season), 2 League Cups, 1 Champions League, 1 Club World Cup and 3 Community Shields.

Twelve trophies in ten years, something that has helped him earn nearly 100 caps for his country.

Now a senior player at United, Rooney should be there to help Shaw settle in at Old Trafford, having gone through such a similar experience himself.

Both players are set to be central parts of Louis van Gaal's attempts to bring glory back to the club. When Rooney headed to United, he was coming into a strong group of players accustomed to winning under Sir Alex Ferguson. For Shaw, several of the players he is joining have question marks over their ability and place in the United team, even though Van Gaal's arrival, as well as the players he brings in, will add a much needed sense of optimism after the David Moyes' difficult season in charge.

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