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Man Utd left-back Shaw ruled out for a month with hamstring injury

SoccerNews in UEFA Champions League 10 Nov 2020

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Manchester United have confirmed that left-back Luke Shaw is facing a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury sustained against Everton.

The 25-year-old was substituted in the 67th minute of United’s 3-1 win at Goodison Park – a game in which he set up Bruno Fernandes for the Portugal international’s second goal of the day.

That was the second game in a row in which the eight-cap England international has assisted a goal, having failed to do so in his previous eight outings this term.

His 39 passes played into the opposition box is bettered by only five other players in the Premier League this term, but he has created just one big chance – for Fernandes’ goal – across those seven top-flight outings.

Shaw is now set to miss United’s Premier League games with West Brom, Southampton and West Ham, as well as the Champions League clashes with Istanbul Basaksehir, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be able to call upon Alex Telles, who has been restricted to only one appearance since joining from Porto in October after testing positive for coronavirus.

Victor Lindelof and Marcus Rashford were also struggling towards the end of the Everton match, with Solskjaer hitting out at the Premier League schedule.

“We were set up to fail,” he told BT Sport on Saturday. “I said to you before, when I talked to you about the kick-off time, it’s set up the boys to fail. 

“We got Luke Shaw injured because we’ve been to Turkey, we’ve played loads of games this season already, and we’ve been to Turkey Wednesday night, [and] come Thursday morning we’re back in, we’re playing Saturday lunchtime kick-off. 

“It’s an absolute shambles and I can’t praise the boys enough for that character they’ve shown. That’s all I want to talk about. Those boys deserve better than being thrown out here to fail.

“The authorities set us up to fail. How can they set us up, after a Champions League game, Wednesday night, in Turkey, and set us a Saturday 12.30 kick-off?”

United’s first game back after the international break is a home meeting with West Brom, currently scheduled for November 21.

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