Manchester United will not be making any left-back purchase during the January transfer window, as perceived. First-choice left-back Luke Shaw was stretchered off during United’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday evening, after a bad tackle from Héctor Moreno.
The former Southampton defender required oxygen, as he was treated on the pitch while the match was held up for 10 minutes. The Englishman has now undergone surgery at a hospital in Eindhoven and is set to undergo another one on Friday, as per reports. Nevertheless, Shaw is set to face 6 months on the sidelines.
Since the declaration that Shaw will then be out for a minimum of six months, rumours started gathering pace that the Red Devils will move for a new left-back when the transfer window reopens during the new year.
Contrary to these reports, United will not be looking to sign any left-back replacement for the injured Shaw and will use Marcos Rojo in the absence of the England international instead, says the Daily Mail.
Boss Louis van Gaal seems contented with his centre-back pairing of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind. As such, the Dutch boss has decided to make Rojo the team’s left-back for now, at least.
There is also a possibility that the impressive Matteo Darmian could be moved to the left-back position and Antonio Valencia drafted in to fill the right-back role, but the Mail claim it is highly likely that Rojo could be given the nod.
Rojo failed to show up on schedule for United’s pre-season tour of the US, and the former Sporting Lisbon defender has not played for van Gaal’s side in the league this term. But the Argentinian no-nonsense defender featured 22 times for the Red Devils last term.