Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal revealed that defender Luke Shaw was in tears after suffering a “gruesome” broken leg that will keep him out for at least six months.
The football world was united in shock after Shaw who beat two defenders before racing into the PSV box was awfully tackled by PSV Eindhoven defender Hector Moreno.
The 20-year-old England international was left with a double-fracture of his right leg.
Shaw was treated on the pitch during the nine-minute stoppage in Philips Stadion by nine medical staff and given oxygen before he was stretchered off carefully on a trolley and taken to hospital. He will return to Manchester on Wednesday or Thursday for an operation.
Van Gaal who was clearly shaken by the attack tried to comfort Shaw as he left the pitch in strtcher and the United boss said afterwards: ‘It is awful. A boy who came to Manchester United at 18, had a difficult time and then plays fantastic in his second season. Then, it happens like this.
‘When he came into the dressing room, I couldn’t say anything to him because he had on an oxygen mask, and he was crying.
‘I am not a doctor so I cannot say how long he will be out but when you have a double fracture I think it is six months, it depends how it develops. He won’t play in the (Champions League) group phase any more. I hope he can play this season.
What shocked Van Gaal was his former player at AZ Alkmaar Moreno wasn’t booked for the challenge nor a penalty given by referee Nicola Rizzoli. ‘It was a very bad tackle with two legs,’ he said.
Moreno won the ball as he challenged Shaw strongly after 24 minutes but the follow-through smashed the left-back below the knee and his lower leg was left hanging at the wrong angle towards his shin.
Ironically, Moreno also broke his leg playing for Mexico against Van Gaal’s Holland at last year’s World Cup in Brazil.
However, World football has been sending support and get well soon messages to the injured Luke Shaw on social media from Gary Lineker, Shaw’s former employee Southampton, former Manchester United teammates and international temamates.
Pictures of the Luke Shaw injury look horrific. Hope I'm wrong but fear the worst.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 15, 2015
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 15, 2015
Gutted for you mate hope you have a speedy recovery @LukeShaw23
— Nathaniel Clyne (@Nathaniel_Clyne) September 15, 2015
Horrible to see what happened I wish u all the best my brother and stay strong you will comeback even stronger @LukeShaw23
— Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) September 15, 2015
Former Manchester United and England striker Michael Owen said of Shaw’s injury: ‘It was a gruesome thing to see. The player’s come in and basically snapped his leg in half.
‘You don’t want to see the replay as it was such an horrific injury. You feel so sorry for him. He’s had his injury problems since joining Manchester United, and this season he has been sensational.
“It was almost mid-range between the knee and ankle, I’m presuming it’s straightforward, two bones down the leg. It should be a straightforward rehab, but you just hope there are no more complications in there.
‘It’ll be next year before you see him again, but (club doctors) Steve McNally and Neil Hough are right at the top of their profession. He’s in fantastic hands, I can vouch for that.’
Former England international Owen Hargreaves, who was covering the game for BT Sport, said: ‘You see Moreno go to ground, he’s played the ball, but his trailing leg was reckless and out of control. It should’ve been a red card and a penalty but because he plays the ball, the referee sees that.’
Luke shaw tweeted thanking everybody for the love and support
Thank you everyone for your messages , words can't describe how gutted I am , my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger.
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) September 15, 2015