The untold story of Luke Shaw

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The untold story of Luke Shaw

Here are some facts you need to know about Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw (Full Name – Luke Paul Hoare Shaw) is an English left-back born on 12 July 1995 in Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom. His father’s name is Paul Shaw and mother is Joanna Shaw. He has two brothers – Ben Shaw and Nicole Shaw.


Luke Shaw grew up in Surrey and read in Hersham’s Rydens Enterprise School. He first fell in love with football for Chelsea and he would always fantasize about playing for the Blues while training to improve his football skills.

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He tried out for Chelsea’s youth team and was brought into his dream club’s youth development academy in Guildford.

However, Luke didn’t find a spot in the academy. It was undoubtedly disappointing for an 8 year old, but Shaw didn’t abandon his greatest ambition of becoming a professional footballer.

After joining Hersham to refine his talents, Luke moved on to Molesey Juniors. In 2003, Southampton gave him a place in their youth team.

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At just 8 years of age, Luke Shaw joined the Southampton Academy and at the age of fifteen, he was a regular in the under-18 side. In September 2011, he made his first appearance for the first team in a League Cup match against Preston North End.

On 28 January 2012, he made his first appearance for Southampton in the FA Cup, against Millwall when he was 16 years old.

Shaw was one of four young players given a professional contract following the club’s promotion to the Premier League in May 2012.

On 10 November 2012, he became the club’s youngest player to start a Premier League match when he was selected to play at left-back against Swansea City.

Luke made 28 starts for Southampton in his first professional season, including 25 in the Premier League.

He was named in one of six players on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award on April 18, 2014. He was also named to the PFA Team of the Year as a left-back in 2013–14.

Shaw agreed a four-year deal with Manchester United on June 27, 2014. He became the most expensive teenager in world football when he was signed for an undisclosed amount of nearly £30 million.

He made his debut in the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, appearing against the LA Galaxy. On September 14, 2014, he debuted as a replacement for Manchester United against Queens Park Rangers.

Finally, Shaw made his professional debut for United on September 27, 2014 in a 2–1 win over West Ham United.

He was inducted to the 40-man shortlist for the 2014 Golden Boy Trophy, which honors the best European-based player under the age of 21.

During the nine-minute stop in Eindhoven, Shaw was given oxygen and tended by nine medical personnel before being carried off on a stretcher and transported to the hospital.

Shaw was forced to miss at least six months of action. On April 4, 2016, he returned to training. On August 7, 2016, he made his first professional appearance as Manchester United defeated Leicester City 2–1 to win the 2016 FA Community Shield.

Luke scored his first senior goal in in a 2–1 victory over Leicester City in the season opener on August 10, 2018. He was also named the season’s first and second player of the month in August and September, respectively.

He was named United’s player of the month for March on April 2nd, giving him a total of three that season.

Shaw was named Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year and Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year at the end of the season.

Talking about his international career, Shaw’s first appearance in international football was in 2011, when he played for England’s under-16 side.

In February, he made his international debut against Slovenia and scored his first international goal against Uruguay.

In August, 2011 Shaw made his debut for the under-17 team against Italy. On 5 September, he made his England under-21 debut against Moldova in a 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match.

Shaw was called up to the England senior squad for the first time on February 27, 2014, for a friendly against Denmark. He made his debut in the match, coming on at halftime to replace Ashley Cole.

Finally, he was selected to Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on May 12, 2014. He also has the distinction of becoming the tournament’s youngest participant.

Awards & Achievements

  • 1X EFL CUP

Personal Life

Shaw used to date the lovely Shelby Billingham in the early days of his career. Although the two used to get along well, their relationship ended when the left-back joined Manchester United. This was meant that he had to relocate from London to Manchester.

He later married the lovely Anouska Santos. They have a son called Reign London.