Louis van Gaal has admitted that Luke Shaw was in tears after suffering a double leg fracture during Manchester United’s Champions League group stage defeat to PSV Eindhoven, according to the Daily
The left-back was stretchered off and had to be given oxygen following a sickening challenge from PSV defender Hector Moreno – who has since apologised for the injury sustained by Shaw, but insisted that he thought it was not a bad tackle (via Guardian) – and van Gaal revealed the devastating impact that the injury had on the former Southampton man (via Star).
“It is awful. The boy is in his second season and he has been playing fantastic. And now this happens,” he said.
“He had the oxygen mask on and was crying in the dressing room. You must judge for yourself,” he added.
He also suggested that not only should the Red Devils have received a penalty, but the Mexican should have been dismissed (via Star).
“If I say it was a penalty and a red card then I am a bad loser,” van Gaal insisted.
“It was a very bad tackle,” he stated.
As the Dutchman alluded to, the injury to the England man is a very cruel blow. After a shaky first season at Old Trafford, he appeared to be settling in, having put in a string of excellent performances at the beginning of this campaign.
His progress was perhaps best highlighted by the sensational run he made into PSV’s box before he was brought down by Moreno.