Shaw was on the receiving end of a strong tackle from PSV Eindhoven’s Hector Moreno in a Champions League clash two weeks ago, and that leg to a horrific double leg fracture. The left-back was taken to hospital in Eindhoven and a surgery was conducted was he was said to be out for not less than six months. This has also put his chances of representing England in next summer’s European Championship in France.
The 19-year old former Southampton defender has now posted an update on his injury on his own Facebook fan page, which suggests that he is able to exert weight on the fractured leg. Shaw also revealed to fans that there was a long way to go in terms of full recovery.
He posted a picture of himself shirtless, on his crutches, with his right leg heavily bandaged. Shaw captioned: “Long road ahead but so happy to be able to put weight on my leg.”
The Englishman was one of the Red Devils’ outstanding performer this term, having featured in all of United’s five Premier League games before the injury.
Shaw’s fitness and weight issues were often criticised throughout last season, but the left-back has looked very fit and capable for the Mancunian Reds this season, and this is why his injury is hard for United and England supporters to bear.
Marcos Rojo has since been deputising for Shaw but with the Argentine also currently sidelined with injury, van Gaal fielded right-back Matteo Darmian in the left-back role while Antonio Valencia was also brought in to start from the right-back position for the 3-0 win over Sunderland. That victory ensured that the Red Devils stay top of the league after Manchester City had faltered to a 4-1 defeat at White Hart Lane earlier on Saturday.