Daley Blind can play there but is needed at centre-back, especially seeing as Paddy McNair is unavailable and Phil Jones isn’t ready to start. So, it would be foolish to displace him from the position where he has impressed so far this season.
That leaves van Gaal with one option who could prove to be Shaw’s replacement in the long-term this season – Ashley Young.
Over the last two season, Young has played in the left wing-back role quite a few times and I’ve actually been really impressed with him there. Of course, left-back is an altogether different role with far more defensive responsibility but Young is a real worker, he knows how to cover himself positionally.
Right now, he looks like our best option at left-back, at least until Rojo is fully fit. Even then, there’s an argument to suggest he is a better choice than the Argentinian.
What do you think? We asked our followers on Twitter for their thoughts on who should start there:
@PeoplesPerson_ what are the choices? Darmian then Valencia at RB.
— Dan Johno (@danjohno86) September 23, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Ashley Young.
— Nik G (@NikGilbert86) September 23, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Ashley Young would be my pick to be given a chance in the cup!
— stefan Juraszek (@JuraszekStefan) September 23, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Ashley Young
— Meyyappan (@TwwiitterAcc) September 23, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Darmian or maybe Ashley Young
— Galang S Pradipto (@galsetto) September 23, 2015
It’s a mixed bag of opinions on who should start at left-back.
While Matteo Darmian is comfortable playing in that role and is a good logical choice, the idea of moving him from right-back, where he has been brilliant, is a flawed logic. It would fix one problem and create another. As we’ve already discussed, moving Blind would be a strange decision for the same reasons we’ve discussed for Darmian.
Van Gaal has a tough task replacing Shaw this season and Rojo’s injury certainly doesn’t make it any easier but in Young he has someone he can depend on and that’s why I feel he could be the right choice, even potentially when Rojo is back and available for selection.