Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that defender Luke Shaw was crying in the dressing room after sustaining a double fracture of the leg.
As reported by Goal.com, Van Gaal, who was speaking to reporters after the Red Devils' Champions League defeat to PSV last night, revealed that the talented defender will be operated on when he returns to Manchester.
The left-back was taken down after just 15 minutes in United's 2-1 defeat at the Philips Stadion, and now looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
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One thing is for sure, Shaw's horrific injury is a blow for Manchester United, who endured a torrid evening on their return to the Champions League proper.
Red Devils chief Van Gaal told reporters: "He has a double leg fracture. He's in hospital and he'll be transferred tomorrow with us or maybe a day later. He'll be operated in Manchester probably. It's awful.
"A boy who came at 18 to Manchester and found it very difficult, then in his second season he's fantastic, and then it happens like this.
"He was in the dressing room with the oxygen mask... he was crying.
"You can judge for yourself. When I say it's a penalty and a red card, I'm a bad loser.
"Everything is taken the wrong way. It was in the 16-metre area, it was a bad tackle with two legs."
Let's be honest, Shaw may not take to the field again this season. That certainly leaves Van Gaal with a dilemma in his pursuit of success in Manchester. The England international has been one of the club's standout players so far this term, so losing him at this stage is far from ideal.
Ultimately, it appears that the United boss will turn to Daley Blind, who has been starring alongside Chris Smalling at the heart of the club's defence. Blind slotted into the left-back role last night, and may well occupy the position for the foreseeable future.
The Dutchman, who has played in a number of positions throughout his short United career so far, is more than capable of proving his credentials in the full-back role.
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