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Hector Moreno's man of the match award angers Manchester United

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Manchester United found it "strange and disappointing" that Uefa decided to award PSV defender Hector Moreno with the man of the match award despite breaking the right leg of Luke Shaw in the same game.

The Mexico international escaped without punishment when he broke Shaw's leg in two places with a heavy tackle. Louis van Gaal and an army of Manchester United fans believe Moreno should have been sent off, but Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli did not even issue a yellow card.

To add insult to injury, Moreno would go on to score the equalising goal, helping the Dutch outfit to a surprise 2-1 win over the Red Devils in their opening game of this season's Champions League.

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Putting the unfortunate incident aside, Moreno, who himself suffered a broken leg in the 2014 World Cup, put in an admirable performance. As a result, he was recognised on Uefa's official website as the man of the match.

It is a decision that has angered officials at Old Trafford, who believe they have shown a lack of sympathy towards Shaw. The 20-year-old is facing at least six months out and remains in Eindhoven after undergoing surgery.

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A club source told The Telegraph: “We find it strange and disappointing that Uefa made him their man of the match after what happened to Luke.” 

Moreno has claimed he did not intend to hurt Shaw and was quick to issue a heartfelt apology to both the left-back and his family. In comparison, Van Gaal believes his team should have been awarded a penalty for the tackle, with Moreno also heading back into the dressing room for an early bath.

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Former referee Howard Webb, who now works as a pundit for BT Sport, says the referee was right not to take action on Moreno, insisting that his challenge was fair.

“Luke Shaw’s injury was awful and I wish him a speedy recovery,” Webb said. “But the referee made the right decision. Moreno stretches with his right leg, which plays the ball cleanly.

"His left leg makes some contact on the follow-through, but it is always tucked away under him and not aimed towards Luke Shaw. Luke is unlucky in that he gets his studs caught and twists, which causes the injury, but on the night, I think the referee made the right decision.”

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