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Luke Shaw absence leaves Louis van Gaal with important decision

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Champions League night in Eindhoven, the glorious anticipation of a comeback for Manchester United on Europe's biggest stage. But it was hardly the stuff of dreams for the Red Devils.

A 2-1 loss to the Dutch champions was all but emphasised when £30 million signing Luke Shaw suffered a leg-breaking challenge from Hector Moreno.

Such was the severity of this tackle, according to the Daily Mirror, PSV fans delivered flowers to the Englishman's hospital bed. Unfortunately, all the flowers in the world won't soften the huge blow for Manchester United - and mostly Shaw himself.

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With 20-year-old having undergone a second operation on his leg, he will be out for several months and faces a long road to recovery. So the question remains - who will fill this defensive void left by Shaw?

Well, there are a number of options. The most potent of them being Argentine left-back, Marcos Rojo. Rojo is a natural in Shaw's position and has put in sensational performances there - most notably for Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.

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Other main contenders include Daley Blind and even Ashley Young. Which is seemingly bizarre given Rojo's natural pedigree in the left-back position.

Blind's versatility does put him in contention. However, given his solid performances in the centre-half position recently, surely Rojo is the safest bet?

Playing Young there would be needless - but not exactly tactically ridiculous. His pace and stamina, along with his desire to defend, could put him in serious contention for the spot.

Not his natural position, yes, but did Sir Alex Ferguson care about that when he slotted Antonio Valencia in at right-back? Absolutely not. This decision paid dividends as well - with the Ecuadorian putting in consistently strong performances there for United.

Regardless, the obvious favourite is Rojo. His performances for Argentina highlight his quality, and when given a consistent game, the 25-year-old will most prove to be a worthy replacement.

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