Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw suffered a horrific double fracture of his right leg in Manchester United’s 2-1 Champions League loss at PSV Eindhoven last night.
The 20-year-old was pictured receiving oxygen whilst being stretchered off the field following the tackle made by Hector Moreno, a tackle which Van Gaal believes was ‘very bad’.
“It is awful. It was a very bad tackle. He had the oxygen mask on and was crying in the dressing room,” said manager Louis van Gaal.
“A boy who came to Manchester United at 18 years old, it was very difficult, and the next season he plays fantastic and then that happens like this,”
“When I say it is a red card and penalty, you will say I am a bad loser. Every word I say is taken in the wrong way. It was in the 18-yard box and it was very bad tackle with two legs.”
“I’m not a doctor so I cannot say, but when you have a double fracture it is four to six months. But you can never say that in advance.”
“He won’t play in the group stage, I don’t think. I hope he will play again this season.”
Shaw moved to Old Trafford from Southampton last year in a £27m deal and struggled to get any momentum in his game following a string of injuries. However, this year the defender has shone – enough so to convince Roy Hodgson that the youngster can replicate England great Ashley Cole and reach 100 caps for his country. He has started all of United’s eight games this season, as well as playing in England’s European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.
Less than an hour after suffering the injury, Shaw wrote on Twitter: “Thank you everyone for your messages, words can’t describe how gutted I am, my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger.”
PSV manager Phillip Cocu expressed sympathy for Shaw, but said his player had not intended to hurt him:
“We are all sorry about Shaw’s injury. Hector is a player who went for the ball and was not out to injure anyone but it didn’t look good.”
[Quotes via BBC Sport]