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Shaw was crying in dressing room – Van Gaal

SoccerNews in UEFA Champions League 15 Sep 2015


Louis van Gaal revealed Luke Shaw was reduced to tears in the dressing room after suffering an “awful” broken leg during Manchester United’s 2-1 Champions League loss to PSV Eindhoven.

The 20-year-old was on the receiving end of a thumping tackle from Hector Moreno early in the Group B clash, subsequently receiving seven minutes of treatment before being withdrawn on a stretcher while wearing an oxygen mask.

United confirmed the worst fears after the encounter, revealing Shaw would return to England for an operation having sustained a double fracture.

That news comes as a significant blow to the club and Van Gaal, who said on the BBC Sport website: “It is awful. The boy is in his second season and he has been playing fantastic. And now this happens.

“Shaw had an oxygen mask on and was crying in the dressing room. I hope he can play again this season.

“He is in hospital, he will be transferred with us, maybe, otherwise a day later and shall be operated in Manchester probably. It is awful.”

Moreno went unpunished despite many deeming the challenge worthy of a red card and a penalty.

Van Gaal added: “You must judge for yourself. If I say it was a penalty and a red card then I am a bad loser. It was a very bad tackle.”

Insult was added to injury for United as Moreno levelled Memphis Depay’s opener before Luciano Narsingh netted a winner for PSV.

The manager said: “It is the same game as against Swansea [United’s 2-1 Premier League defeat in Wales last month]. We dominate the game, create chances but we are not finishing.”

Shaw quickly took to Twitter to thank former club Southampton after they had sent a tweet wishing him well in his recovery.

He replied: “Thank you, you don’t know how much you as a club mean to me, thank you so much I really appreciate it.”

The 20-year-old then tweeted: “Thank you everyone for your messages, words can’t d
escribe how gutted I am, my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger.”


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