Manchester United's Luke Shaw has 'brilliant potential,' says Gary Neville

Tuesday July 15th, 2014

Gary Neville, a coach for England's national team, said English defenseman Luke Shaw has "brilliant potential" and called him an "incredible and hugely talented football player," according to

Shaw, who turned 19 on Saturday, was a member of England's 2014 World Cup team, where he appeared in one game, against Costa Rica. Upon returning from the Cup he was officially transferred to Manchester United for a reported £27 million bid ($46.2 million), the most expensive sum ever for a teenager. His contract is for four years. 

"I am trying to keep guarded here about the size of talent that exists in this footballer," Neville told the Manchester Evening News. "You are talking about brilliant potential ... "The reason United spent £27m on a left-back at his age is because they see the huge talent and I can only endorse that talent."

Neville did caution that since the budding star is so young, it may still take Shaw a while to show his full potential. 

"I am expecting he will do well this season but you will see a really quite fantastic full-back in 18 months to two years. When he matures and gets used to the club and settles into the environment and understands the expectation he will blossom.”

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