Louis van Gaal has confirmed the three players who are in the running to replace Luke Shaw as Manchester United's first choice left-back.
Shaw is facing six months out after breaking his right leg in two places in Tuesday's game against PSV Eindhoven. The England international underwent a second round of surgery in Holland today (Friday) and is due to return to Manchester this weekend.
Having initially struggled in his debut season at Old Trafford, Shaw was starting to look every bit the world-class full-back he has threatened to become. In other words, he won't be easy to replace.
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However, Van Gaal, who also confirmed he had spoken to the 20-year-old over the phone, believes Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Ashley Young are all capable of playing at left-back for the Red Devils.
"It is for us a big loss," the Dutchman said in a news conference. "I said in advance it shall be the season of Luke Shaw, and now it is finished nearly. He started so well.
"We built up a left wing with Memphis Depay and Luke Shaw, and we have to start building again. That is not so easy, but we have to do it."
A report in the Daily Star claimed that Manchester United were weighing up whether to firm up their interest in Leeds United star Charlie Taylor or not. The full-back had been on the Red Devils radar before Shaw's injury, but the England international's absence made a January transfer bid a very real possibility.
However, Van Gaal has confirmed that Shaw's replacement will come internally even if it means taking a star out of position.
"Shaw is the line-up player," Van Gaal said. "It is very difficult to replace him. Certainly when he is in such a good shape. We have good replacements in Blind and in Rojo and in Ashley Young."
Blind has already been impressing at centre-back this season and Van Gaal may be reluctant to disrupt the partnership he is forming with Chris Smalling. Meanwhile, Rojo has been struggling for game time and has proven his ability to perform at left-back in the past.
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