The pair endured significant knee damage and are set to be sidelined for a long time following their last game in the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht earlier this month.
Shaw was out of action after fracturing his leg in two places while playing for the Reds against PSV Eindhoven back in September 2015 and has recently been able to work his way back into the first-team under Jose Mourinho.
Speaking about the out of action duo, Shaw gave them some advice in their recovery.
“One of the important things with these injuries is never to rush it,” he said. “I’m sure they will want to get back as soon as possible, but with the extent of the injury and how important it is to make sure it recovers well, so they can get back to fitness, staying positive, is going to be hard. But you look at the end goal and keep fighting every day, keep trying to get better and better, and push yourself.
“The support they’ve got from all of us and all of the fans is a key factor. I think everybody has to be together in these hard times when you get a long injury. They are two strong characters. I am sure they will get through it and come back even stronger.
“I think it was the manager’s idea and it was a nice touch,” Shaw added. “I know Marcos and Ibra will appreciate it. Obviously, I know what they are going through now, it is going to be a long and hard road, but you couldn’t have two stronger players in Marcos and Ibra. You have seen Zlatan’s post on Instagram as well. He is very positive about his return and we all hope they fight back quickly, strongly and come back even better. I am sure they will.
“It’s a really good [atmosphere at the club]. We have got a mix of experience and youth. The experienced ones are always there to help us, the likes of Wazza, Youngy, Carras and Ibra. They all help if you need them and I have especially had a lot of help from Carras, which was nice in my situation. The togetherness is really strong in our squad, everyone is really close, gets on well and we all want the best for each other. We’re all pushing for the same thing and that’s to win trophies.”
It’s a long process and hopes are Zlatan has what it takes to make his way back into the squad, because, at 35, it’s a massive task to expect any player to make it back from such a massive setback.
They’ve both been such crucial players this season and hopes are they have a swift recovery because it’s a huge blow to have them sidelined.