Louis van Gaal says it was hard seeing Luke Shaw in distress but backs him to recover

by Sid Choudhary

Louis van Gaal has opened up about what a huge blow it was to lose Luke Shaw after the defender suffered a double broken leg in the Champions League earlier this month.

The Manchester United full-back has been ruled out for a minimum of six months and it is unlikely that he will play again this season.

Van Gaal was distraught to see Shaw’s injury, especially given the way he had been playing in the games leading up to the injury.

The 20-year-old has returned to Manchester after undergoing two operations in Eindhoven and his road to recovery has already begun.

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“Our Champions League campaign started with a trip to Eindhoven last week, but it was not a happy occasion, mainly due to the fact that we have now lost the services of Luke Shaw for a long period due to a broken leg,” Van Gaal said in United Review.

“I said at the start of the season that Luke would be the one to watch because he came back from the summer much fitter and stronger. That was certainly the case in our first seven matches of the new season and even in the opening minutes against PSV Eindhoven.”

It is clear that the injury to Shaw had an averse effect on the players. However, van Gaal is trying to look at the positives and is sure the youngster will get the best treatment possible.

He added: “Seeing Luke in such distress was hard. However, I am pleased to say that he is really upbeat now and already talking about his recovery. Mental strength is very important when you suffer such an injury and I have ever confidence that Luke will now be fully focused during his recuperation. We have a fantastic medical team here and we will ensure that he receives the best possible care.”

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Shaw’s absence is already being felt at Old Trafford, as United have not yet figured out who will replace him. Both Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young have deputised in the position since the injury and United will be hoping they can find a mainstay at left-back as soon as possible.

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