Ex-Southampton coach advises Shaw to get used to criticism at Manchester United

Luke Shaw

Jason Dodd has explanations for Luke Shaw's mixed start at Manchester United, but is optimistic on his future.

When Manchester United paid £30 million to Southampton for Luke Shaw, according to Sky Sports, there were many who raised their eyebrows asking, 'is that too much for such a young man?' - however, one Saints figure has told Sky Sports that he could eventually go for 'double that.'

That amount was the highest ever spent on a teenager, and given how Shaw has had to deal with several spells on the sidelines, though injuries and tactical choices by his manager Louis van Gaal, it is easy to speculate that United may have overpaid on the England international. 

But Shaw's former youth coach, and former Southampton stalwart, Jason Dodd is in no doubts as to his ability, and is rather blaming Shaw's temperamental form on the left-back's injury problems, as well as United rushing the 19-year-old back from problems too early.

"He’s quick, he’s a really good defender and he gets forward," Dodd told Sky Sports. "He’s got all the attributes. He’s going through a rocky time but Manchester United aren’t as fluent as they want to be.

"He’s not been known for his injuries but at United he’s picked up injuries at the wrong time. Then because Manchester United have not been playing as well as they can play, he gets rushed back."

Dodd points out that the difference in stature of the two clubs, as well as Shaw's new found presence as a multi-million pound signing who many are instantly expecting to justify that fee, have also played a part.

"When he was at Southampton, he was the baby of the squad," he said. "When he’s gone to Manchester United, it’s the first time really that he’s faced criticism and questions being asked of him.

"He’s never had that before because his progress has been amazing. Now he’s at that next level and is he going to get stronger? He’s going to have to adjust to it because he’s at one of the best clubs in the world and he is going to get criticism."

But there is no doubt in the mind of the former Southampton right-back that Shaw will eventually come good, even stating that the youngster could eventually be worth twice the £30m United had to fork out to bring him to Old Trafford.

"I think he will deal with it and he could even go for double what Manchester United paid for him. He's that good," he said.

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