There have been many defensive legends at Manchester United in the past, but if you were to pick a left-back of all time then Denis Irwin would win that role. Now the Manchester United legend is excited about the new blood to come into the team, Luke Shaw.
Denis Irwin spent 12-years at Old Trafford, making 529 appearances during that time.
Irwin is currently over with the squad on their US tour as he continues to be a club ambassador. He feels that the future is bright for Luke Shaw after the departure of Patrice Evra to Juventus. Speaking with the Official website, Irwin said:
“I was sorry to see Patrice go, he had eight great years with United and he won so much silverware
“He was a great character in the dressing room too and a fantastic player on the field. Without doubt, he and Ashley Cole were the best left-backs in the Premier League, if not in the world, for the last eight to ten years.
“But this is a new era for us and it’s going to be really interesting to see how Luke Shaw progresses. He’s only 18 or 19 but he’s had two seasons in the first team at Southampton and he looks a really top player. Southampton have a good track record for producing players from their academy and Luke looks like he’s been coached well there.
“Luke knows what he wants to do, particularly going forward, he really does bomb on. And he’s a strong and powerful boy; you could see that when he broke into the Southampton team at 17. He’ll be learning an awful lot from the new coach. To be coached by Louis van Gaal at the age of 19 is great. He’s only going to get better and better.”
Luke Shaw joined Manchester United for £27million from Southampton, and Irwin thinks that all the youngster needs to do is working hard during pre-season, he added:
“My advice is just to listen and learn and work as hard as possible, get your head down and give everything. That’s all that any coach demands. It’s also important to focus on the football because it’s easy to be distracted when you’re 18 or 19.
“Senior players are used to this – travelling away, meeting fans all over the world. There’s a big touring party on this one but you have to concentrate on the football because that’s what you’re there for. He’s here for a reason, he did fantastically well at Southampton and now he’s got a great opportunity to be United’s left-back for many years to come.”
The former United number three added, “Squad numbers for the new season haven’t been confirmed yet but if Luke ends up wearing my old shirt, I’ll look forward to seeing him in it. He settled in well on his friendly debut and his aim now, like the other players, is to get fit and get into the team for the opening game on 16 August.”