Luke Shaw: You don’t know how big Manchester United are until you sign

The teenager remains focused despite a whirlwind year in which he signed for United and went to the World Cup with England

One o’clock is nearing when Luke Shaw stands up and says: “Can I go to lunch because I’ve literally got one minute?” The respect the defender holds for Louis van Gaal and the Dutchman’s demand for punctuality is evident; to be even slightly late to join the rest of the squad is anathema. The clock is ticking yet Shaw, who may well be the United and England left-back for the next decade, remains courteous, asking politely to depart. It is a moment that captures the teenager’s rounded character and explains how a breathless past few months – a “whirlwind”, he says – has been taken in his stride.

To recap, Shaw made his England debut on 5 March last year, replacing his boyhood hero, Ashley Cole, at half-time in a 1-0 friendly win over Denmark at Wembley. Two months later, Roy Hodgson selected the 18-year-old for the World Cup at the same time as United began to firm up their interest in making him the most expensive teenager in history by paying Southampton £30m for his services.

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