Manchester United suffer Champions League nightmare in Eindhoven
Luke Shaw breaks leg after Manchester United lose 2-1 against PSV
September 16th, 2015
Manchester United’s return to the Champions League ended very badly on Tuesday night, with the Red Devils taking the lead before the Dutch champions scored twice to land the three points.
The result was only half the story, with Luke Shaw suffering a double fracture to his leg and this serious injury might not only see the England defender out for the domestic season but also out of Euro 2016 next summer.
Perhaps Shaw will return this season for Manchester United although a broken right leg in two places will need a long recovery time, with the player tweeting that he will eventually come back stronger.
Van Gaal said: “He has a double leg fracture and is in hospital. He will be transferred tomorrow or maybe a day later and then operated on in Manchester. It is awful – a boy who comes to Manchester United at 18, has it very difficult and then plays fantastically and then this happens. When it was in the dressing room he had an oxygen mask on. He was crying.
“I am not a doctor but when you have a double fracture it is six months and he will not play in the group phase. I hope he can play again this season.”
Hector Moreno was the culprit in the 15th minute, with the PSV player guilty of a reckless challenge although the referee didn’t even see fit to produce a yellow card, let alone a red.
Phillip Cocu, the PSV coach, said: “It’s a very bad injury. If any player goes off with this kind of injury, everybody is very sad about it. It is never the intention of our players to injure an opponent.”
Memphis Depay opened the scoring against his former club, with Anthony Martial operating in the striker position in the absence of Wayne Rooney.
However, Manchester United now face Wolfsburg and need to get points on the board after this defeat in the Netherlands.