Jose Mourinho may have pointed the finger of blame his way after Manchester United's recent string of bad results, but there is no doubt that Luke Shaw remains one of the key players in the manager's starting XI.
A report today, then, from the Telegraph won't make happy reading for United fans hoping to see their team turn around their fortunes over the next few weeks.
According to the Telegraph's John Percy, the Red Devils are bracing themselves for being without their starting left back for as long as three weeks due to the groin injury that affected his performances against Watford on Sunday.
Per the report, Shaw is set to have a scan on the groin issue on Tuesday morning but staff at Old Trafford are already fearful he could be ruled out for the rest of this month, at a minimum.
Shaw was publicly criticised by Mourinho for his part in Watford's second goal in yesterday's 3-1 defeat for United, with the Portuguese manager saying:
"Their second goal is a mistake that goes against our plan and our training, because our intention was for their wing-backs to be pressed and not let them progress.
"Nordin Amrabat receives the ball and our left-back Luke Shaw is 25 metres from him instead of five."
He was hauled off five minutes before full time too. However, news today revealed his inability to be in the correct position may have been caused by an old groin injury resurfacing during the game.
And the latest news would suggest the issue is more serious than the United hierarchy first thought.
Having suffered three defeats in the space of just eight days, losing such a key figure for a prolonged period of time is the last thing Mourinho would have wanted - even if Shaw isn't in his good books right now.
With Henrikh Mkhitaryan already out with a thigh issue and Anthony Martial suffering a potential concussion yesterday, the injuries are beginning to pile up at Old Trafford.
And, although they should be able to get past Northampton in the League Cup on Wednesday, they'll need all hands on deck when they face Leicester City in the Premier League this weekend.
Shaw's likely replacement in the starting line-up would be Daley Blind who has himself been replaced at centre-back in recent games by Chris Smalling.
Although the Dutchman has proven a versatile option to Mourinho already this season, he won't be able to replicate the attacking threat that Shaw offers on the left flank.
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