Manchester United youngster Luke Shaw has outlined the similarities between him and club captain Wayne Rooney.
Speaking to United’s official website, the 19-year-old said: ‘If you look at where I am now and where he was, we’re on similar paths. Hopefully I can take the same path he took and be able to achieve 100 caps (for England) around his age now’.
Shaw and Rooney are in different stages of their respective careers and play in different positions, but they do have similarities.
The England international forward cost United £27 million to sign from Everton back in the summer of 2004, while defender Shaw was recruited from Southampton for a fee of £30m in the summer transfer window.
Over the last 10 years, Rooney has established himself as one of the best players in the world, and remains a key figure for England and United.
Pressure on the 29-year-old has been huge, but the Englishman has deal with it perfectly.
Similar pressure will be piled on Shaw, who will be expected to prove that he is worth the huge transfer fee that United paid for him.
But United fans need not worry about that. Shaw seems to be getting the required help from Rooney himself.
‘He’s helped a lot’, the 19-year-old said. ‘He’s helped me - especially since I came here. He helped me settle in and he’s always willing to give me advice and talk to me on and off the pitch.
‘It’s really something for me as a young player for your club and country captain to want to talk to you and give you advice’.
Shaw’s start to the 2014-15 season was disrupted by injuries, but the English teenager has now fully recovered and established himself as a first-choice left-back for United manager Louis van Gaal.
In six Premier League appearances so far this season, Shaw has created five chances, has a 84% pass accuracy and a 100% shot accuracy, and has won 56% of his duels.