United Left Shaw-Less after Defeat in Holland –
Manchester United players and fans were left distraught after their first game back in the Champions League led them to a 2-1 defeat against the Dutch champions PSV. But it wasn’t the defeat that really left the players and fans alike distraught, it was the fact that Luke Shaw suffered a double fracture to his right leg. The promising English left back made a great run and found himself with a chance on goal but was tackled by PSV defender Hector Moreno. The tackle at first glance looked a good one but after seeing the replays, you can see that Moreno trailing left leg catches Shaw hard and forced the double leg fracture. United fans and players were left crying out for a penalty and what was sure to be a red card, but the ref quickly dismissed the appeals.
Coming into the game, United was without their captain Wayne Rooney who is still recovering from a hamstring injury. Anthony Martial was given his chance for a starting debut after scoring against Liverpool on the weekend and Ashley Young also came into the side due to his performance on the weekend.
The match started and as expected United dominated and controlled the game, but they struggled to get the chances on goal. The PSV defence was which featured former Chelsea player Jeffrey Bruma, were solid and held a good line against the United attacks. Luke Shaw came in on goal but was tackled by Moreno forcing the injury. After 10 or so minutes down, Shaw was replaced by Marcos Rojo. Memphis Depay who said in the press conference before the game, that if he was to score, he would celebrate against his former club. And he did just that as the Dutch winger beat 2 defenders and placed the ball in the back of the net on his return to his old stomping ground in the 41st minute. The goal gave United a lift who really could have been 3 or 4 up at this point but that was short lived after PSV defender Hector Moreno scored the equaliser in added time. Moreno received heavy boos from the united fans as it left people questioning whether the defender should still be on the pitch. United legend Peter Schmeichel took to twitter to express his views saying “Moreno should not even be on the pitch”. Once again United started to dominate in the second half but find the goal they needed. Juan Mata had a beautiful opportunity but his touch was poor. PSV broke quick on the counter attack and a great ball found the head of Narsingh who put them up 2-1 in the 57th minute.
It has been the story of United’s season so far with them dominating games but not being able to find the net. Although the result was harsh on United, it was overshadowed by the injury to Shaw. Van Gaal confirmed after the game that Shaw had suffered a double leg fracture and was sent for surgery immediately. In other news, United’s other group opponents Wolfsburg and CSKA Moscow was in action, and the German side won 1-0 at home. At the other side of Manchester, United’s rivals City were in action against Juventus at home, but suffered a 2-1 defeat after Morata put the away side in front.