Legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he almost signed Luke Shaw during his time at the club.
The left-back signed for £30 million this summer, an expensive fee but one which sees them sign the defender who can be England's first choice for the next decade.
United's confidence in him is such that they allowed Patrice Evra to depart, and after an injury-hit start, Shaw is now expected to kick on at Old Trafford.
Speaking to ManUtd.com, Ferguson admitted the club tried to get him earlier, and cheaper.
"The signing of [Luke] Shaw was the one we tried to get when he was 16 years of age.
"They [Southampton] wouldn’t sell him to us but they always said we’d be first to know if they ever did. Of course, Ed Woodward carried that through and got him, I think for £30million.
"He’s a talented boy, a good footballer who likes to get forward all the time."
To receive such praise from Ferguson will do wonders for Shaw's confidence, and shows that United's scouting of and interest in him has been ongoing.
While expensive to sign now, missing out on Shaw in the short-term may have accelerated his development, getting regular Premier League football at Southampton over the past two seasons, and led to him landing the coveted first choice spot at United.