United had already tried to sign Luke Shaw before making him the world’s most expensive teenager.
Manchester United tried to sign left back Luke Shaw when he was just 16 according to former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Daily Star reporting that the only reason United were unable to get their hands on the player much earlier was because Southampton have recognised his potential and were unwilling to sell him.
United did get their man this summer, paying the Saints a world record fee for a teenager of £30 million to bring Shaw to Old Trafford, where he has begun to make the left back slot his own after a slow start under new manager Louis van Gaal.
The Red Devils were willing to splash out on Shaw after he spent one season as the first choice left back for Southampton, impressing both with his propensity and willingness to burst forward and join attacks but also his solid defensive displays as the Saints surprised to finish comfortably in the top half under Mauricio Pochettino.
The fact that legendary manager Ferguson had tried to sign Shaw in the past just shows how highly rated that he had been as a young player and that a move to one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs was always likely for the player sooner rather than later.