Manchester United will have to cope without first-choice left-back Luke Shaw for at least their next three Premier League games, after learning that the England international strained ankle ligaments in last weekend's 2-1 win over Arsenal.
Shaw was an injury doubt going into that showdown after complaining of discomfort in his hamstring during England's victory over Scotland at Celtic Park, but was passed fit to start for United nonetheless.
The 19-year-old lasted just 16 minutes though, turning his ankle in an incident which saw forced him to hobble home from North London on crutches and in a protective boot.
Defensive problems just won't let up
The Mirror have today confirmed that United expect Shaw to be sidelined for at least a fortnight, which rules him out of matches against Hull City, Stoke City and most heartbreakingly for the player himself a trip to his former club Southampton.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will no doubt be concerned that Shaw has once again picked up a problem that ruins the momentum of his first season at Old Trafford, primarily because United are so short of options in the £27 million man's preferred position.
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Young may keep place
Van Gaal would turn to either Marcos Rojo or Daley Blind to cover for Shaw under normal circumstances, but serious shoulder and knee injuries respectively mean that pair aren't available to fill the void.
Youngster Reece James has also been allowed to go out on loan to Rotherham United, which means Young may be afforded another chance to prove his strong pre-season showings as a wing-back in a 3-5-2 formation were no flash in the pan.
United's inexperienced defence stood up well to the test of keeping Arsenal quiet last weekend, with the centre-back trio of Tyler Blackett, Chris Smalling and Paddy McNair riding their luck and coming very close to keeping a clean sheet when it mattered most.
After tinkering with three different systems during the early part of the campaign Van Gaal may have finally settled on 3-5-2, but Shaw won't get his chance to shine as a wing-back until the middle of December at the very earliest.
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