Luke Shaw suffered a horrific-looking leg injury in Manchester United’s Champions League group match against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday. On a promising burst through into the box in the 15th minute of the clash at the Phillips Stadion, Shaw was stopped in his tracks by a tackle from PSV defender Hector Moreno. While the challenge went unpunished by the referee, the true extent of the damage to Shaw soon became clear.
Moreno immediately turned away upon seeing the lower part of Shaw’s right leg out of its natural shape, and medical staff were immediately called to his assistance. As the Manchester United defender was stabilized and given an oxygen mask, it was almost 10 minutes later before he could finally be wheeled off on a stretcher. The distressed look on United manager Louis van Gaal’s face as he consoled Shaw on the sidelines spoke volumes.
After a difficult first season following a £30 million transfer from Southampton, Shaw has played every minute for Manchester United this campaign. And he was beginning to truly deliver on the potential that saw him go to the 2014 World Cup with England at just 18 years old.
Argentinean defender Marcos Rojo came on to replace Shaw. The injury should sideline the 20-year-old for a significant amount of time.