Sir Alex Ferguson: We wanted Luke Shaw when he was 16-years-old.


Former Manchester United manager reveals how he tried to sign Luke Shaw when he was 16-years-old but Southampton said he wasn't for sale at the time.

Luke Shaw`s move from -his childhood club- Southampton to Old Trafford materialised in the summer after the full-back was sold for a reported fee of £30m.

The 19-year-old Shaw signed a four-year contract with Manchester United, and was one of the new recruits in the summer which saw Louis van Gaal splash a £150 million.

However Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he tried signing Luke Shaw years ago and the Reds also scouted Ander Herrera a few years ago.

“The signing of Shaw was the one we were trying to get at 16 years of age,” Ferguson said.

“They wouldn't sell him to us but said we would be the first to know if they ever did, and Ed Woodward has followed that through.

“We got him for I think it was £30m. [He's a] talented boy, good footballer, likes to get forward all the time.

“[Herrera] played against us three years ago for Bilbao in the Europa League.

“They gave us a right battering. We scouted him quite a lot at the time, obviously they tried to get him last year but it collapsed for whatever reason.”

Sir Alex also commented Daley Blind,saying the Dutchman reminds him of Darren Fletcher.

“Daley Blind is one of these common sense footballers that make up a team, he's probably a version of Darren Fletcher of a few years ago, that type of player,” the Scot said.

“A good professional, common sense to his game, keeps it simple, and protects the defenders or the attacking midfield players.”


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