Luke Shaw was still in tears yesterday as he began his recovery from a double leg break that left his former manager Mauricio Pochettino “sick”.
Shaw suffered a fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right leg after a strong challenge from Hector Moreno during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV.
After receiving eight minutes’ treatment, Shaw was carried off the pitch at the Philips Stadion while receiving oxygen.
The defender was taken to the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven, where he had an operation on Tuesday night.
He stayed there overnight and yesterday United announced their left-back would remain at the hospital to continue his recovery.
The former Southampton defender received a phone call from his old Saints boss Pochettino, who was distressed by the injury.
“I spoke with him this morning,” said Pochettino, who left Southampton for Tottenham in the summer.
“He’s much better today but it is always difficult when you have that type of injury. I gave my support and wish him a speedy recovery.”
When asked what Shaw said to him, Pochettino added: “It’s difficult, because he was crying.
“You can understand that after the big injury. Not only for the pain but everything around the situation.
“I feel very sorry for him. It was a big impact for me and I watched the moment it happened. I was sick after the action. My relationship with him was close and it is difficult.”
Mexican Moreno was not punished for the challenge on Shaw, which occurred in the home box, and UEFA confirmed yesterday that it could not take any retrospective action because referee Nicola Rizzoli had seen the incident and did not view it as a foul.
Moreno still apologised for the tackle after the match.
”I feel really sorry,” the PSV defender said. ”I just feel really bad because I was involved in the accident.”
However, Moreno – who suffered a fractured tibia himself during last year’s World Cup match between Holland and Mexico – insists he should not have been penalised for the tackle.
Moreno said: “I think I played the ball, but in this kind of situation I don’t care if it was a foul, I feel bad for him and for his family. I hope he will be back as soon as possible.”
Louis van Gaal claimed Shaw, who has been one of United’s best players so far this season, could play again this term. “I am not a doctor so I cannot say that but when you have a double leg fracture it is six months,” the United manager said.
”He will not play in the group phase but I hope he can play again this season.”
Daley Blind admitted he and his United team-mates were shocked by the gruesome injury but said they should not use that as an excuse for the defeat, which put PSV joint top of Group B along with Wolfsburg, who beat CSKA Moscow 1-0.
“It’s something you may not actually be influenced by at that time,” the United defender said.
“But you can be unaware, perhaps in your head, that you subconsciously sympathise with him.
“But it’s a defeat and saying this should not pass the buck.” Anthony Martial played all 90 minutes in Eindhoven and former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy believes the French youngster should lead the line for Manchester United this season instead of Wayne Rooney.
Rooney looks set to return from injury for Sunday’s game at Southampton, but the Dutch frontman, who scored 150 goals during his five-year spell at United, thinks the main striking role should go to Martial instead, while Rooney should play as a number 10.
“If Martial keeps doing what he did against Liverpool he could be a revelation,” Van Nistelrooy said at the PSV training ground at an Under-19s fixture between the Dutch champions and United on Tuesday.
“On the other side is it really realistic to expect that from him? Hopefully for United he can be the one. He looks like the out and out striker that is needed.
“Wayne Rooney is playing in that position but I don’t think he is an out and out striker.
“Obviously he can fulfil that role and score his goals but it would be a good combination if Martial was up front and Rooney was just off him. That would be a good strike force.
“I didn’t know anything about Anthony but it could be one of those unexpected successes.”
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