'I would have laughed at them' - Shaw never thought he would play with Rooney

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw has revealed that he never thought he would one day play with Wayne Rooney, as he gets set for his Manchester United debut.

Wayne Rooney made his debut for Manchester United on the 28th September 2004, scoring a ha-trick against Fenerbahce to introduce himself to his new fans.

Ten years on and Rooney is now the club captain, having scored 218 goals for the club in 446 appearances for the past decade.

He arrived for a massive fee ten years ago, a fee in the region of £25.6 million, which made him the most expensive teenager in the world at the time.

Of course that is no longer the case. Instead that record belongs to one of his more recent new team-mates. Luke Shaw joined this summer from Southampton for a fee in the region of £30 million.

And he has spoken to United Uncovered about his thoughts on Rooney on his tenth anniversary with the club:

"I was always a big fan of Wayne Rooney when I was growing up. He was someone I looked up to because he made his debut at such a young age – and look at him now. He’s one of the most accomplished players in the world. If someone had told you ten years ago that you'd play with him one day, I would have just laughed at them!"

It is incredible to think that a player now at United once watched Rooney whilst growing up, it is a credit to the instant impact Rooney had at such a young age.

Ironically Shaw himself is set to make his debut almost ten years to the day since Rooney did the same. And who knows, in ten years time another teenager might be saying the same things about Luke Shaw.

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