Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal ridiculed the club’s official Twitter account during Friday afternoon’s pre-match press conference.
The veteran Dutch coach light-heartedly told the people in charge of the account to “pay attention” while revealing the severity of Luke Shaw’s latest injury.
Van Gaal’s comments came a week after Manchester United’s Twitter account wrongly informed their 3.8 million followers that midfielder Daley Blind could be out for six months with a knee injury. The Netherlands international will instead miss between one and three months.
Van Gaal: 'Pay attention'
"Maybe the Manchester United Twitter account can pay attention, Luke Shaw sustained an ankle ligaments injury," Van Gaal stated. "But it is not serious and he will be out for the next few weeks because of this."
News that Shaw should be back in action by early January will come as a huge boost to both Manchester United and England, who are beginning to see the best of the 19-year-old left-back following a tough start to life at Old Trafford.
Shaw justifying his transfer fee
Shaw’s fitness levels were criticised by Van Gaal in pre-season, following the World Cup finals in Brazil, and then he missed United’s first five Premier League fixtures with a hamstring injury.
But in recent weeks he has been one of Manchester United’s most outstanding players, prompting some to reassess their opinions that the Red Devils were foolish to fork out a cool £27 million for a teenage defender.
It’s patently clear that United have an extraordinarily talented full-back in their ranks; a full-back who could spend the next 10-15 years at Old Trafford as a first-team regular.
Hull City clash
Van Gaal will be keen to get him back as soon as possible. For Saturday’s Premier League match against Hull City - and December’s fixtures - the United boss must decide whether to play Tyler Blackett, Ashley Young or the fit-again Marcos Rojo in the left full-back position.
Depending on whether he plays two or three central defenders, Young could start at left-back with Blackett in the middle. Rojo has only just returned to training, and Saturday’s match may have arrived a little too early for the Argentina international, who will be sitting his sights on a return to action against Stoke City on Tuesday night.