Man United’s first Champions League game of the season was overshadowed by the injury to the left-back, who suffered a double fracture in his right leg. The incident came just over a quarter of an hour into the game and van Gaal was clearly dismayed.
Shaw has started the season on fine form but will now face a lengthy lay-off as he recovers from a potentially career-threatening injury.
Speaking after the game, van Gaal said: “It is awful. The boy is in his second season and he has been playing fantastic. And now this happens. He had the oxygen mask on and was crying in the dressing room.”
When asked about the challenge that caused the injury, van Gaal was honest and straight to the point.
He 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.”
United fans were devastated following the collision, after which Shaw was treated on the pitch for nearly 10 minutes. The result of the game made it even worse, with Luciano Narsingh scoring a crucial winner for PSV in the second half.
Van Gaal’s side will now turn their attention back to the Premier League as they visit Southampton on Sunday. With Shaw out, it will be interesting to see how van Gaal sets up a back four that have been fairly solid since the start of the season.