New United star Luke Shaw speaks about attacking fullback role

Manchester United signing Luke Shaw is expected to challenge Patrice Evra for the left-back spot next season.

Manchester United finally completed the signing of England international left-back Luke Shaw on Friday for a reported £27million.

The former Southampton star had caused quite a buzz this summer following a fabulous campaign on the South Coast, with a number of top clubs wanting to sign him.

As it was, United eventually won the race for his signature as he follows in the footsteps of new teammate Wayne Rooney as the most expensive teenager in Premier League history, signing a four-year deal.

His role and participation next season, however, is yet to be decided as a result of Patrice Evra remaining with the Red Devils for at least one more season.

Nevertheless, Shaw can be confident in the knowledge that United’s left-back spot is his in the long term and the 18-year-old spoke out on his excitement at playing under new boss Louis Van Gaal’s attacking system.

“I know he [Van Gaal] likes to play an attacking game, and that’s how I present my game so it’s something I’m looking forward to,” he told MUTV.

When asked how well he is suited to Van Gaal’s attacking wingback system, Shaw replied:

“I think that’s my main attribute to my game, but as a fullback you’ve obviously got to defend. But, like you’ve said, he likes to play attacking fullbacks and that’s something I love doing so I’m really looking forward to working under him.”

Shaw made his professional debut as a 16-year-old, coming on for Southampton for the final 13 minutes of a FA Cup tie against Millwall.

Last season, he was selected as left-back in the PFA Team of the Year and was named ahead of Ashley Cole in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man World Cup squad.

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