Manchester United legend suggests what Luke Shaw needs to be 'great player'

Denis Irwin has suggested what Luke Shaw has lacked in his first season as a Manchester United player.

19-year-old Shaw signed for Manchester United last summer, and Denis Irwin has told the Belfast Telegraph that he can still become an Old Trafford great.

A senior England international, the left-back arrived in Manchester for a reported £30 million fee, as per Sky Sports, although his debut season has done little to impress and prove that the hefty price tag was justified.

He has failed to score or register an assist in just 17 appearances for the Red Devils, and although affected by injuries early in the campaign, he is far from matching the appearance tally he registered in either of his full seasons with Southampton.

All in all, it could be considered a poor season by Shaw’s standards, although, for one who has played as much football as he has by the age of 19, it comes as no surprise. The youngster should be afforded some time off, to come back fresh ahead of next season, when he can return to playing consistent first-team football.

And it is this need for consistent football that Irwin believes will make Shaw a fantastic player, claiming that without it, the youngster will never be able to show his best.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, the United legend - who made over 500 appearances for the club - said: “I have no doubt he will be a great player for us in years to come. Until he gets a run of games I don't think you are going to see the quality Luke Shaw can bring to a side.

“When he gets that under his belt you will see the best of him. Hopefully he will stay injury-free for us for the rest of year and get a run of games.”

Shaw has been one victim of head coach Louis van Gaal's regular formation tweaks, but now that the coach has settled on using a back-four, it is likely that Shaw will finish the rest of this season as a key member of the starting XI.

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