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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Man United star Luke Shaw undergoes surgery for broken leg

PSV's Hector Moreno, right, tackles Manchester Uniteds Luke Shaw, left, during the Champions League Group B soccer match between PSV and Manchester United at Philips stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
PSV's Hector Moreno, right, tackles Manchester Uniteds Luke Shaw, left, during the Champions League Group B soccer match between PSV and Manchester United at Philips stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw underwent surgery on his broken leg on Tuesday night.

Shaw was taken to an Eindhoven hospital after suffering the double fracture of his right leg in United's 2-1 Champions League defeat at the Philips Stadion.

The Premier League club announced in a statement on Wednesday morning that the 20-year-old would stay in Holland for the early stages of his recovery.

Shaw was the victim of an ugly two-footed challenge from Hector Moreno in the 15th minute of United's Champions League group stage loss in Holland.

The 20-year-old was left in agony on the turf at the Philips Stadion following the tackle - which went unpunished - and he was carried off the pitch on a stretcher while receiving oxygen.

READ MORE: PSV star whose tackle left Luke Shaw with a broken leg: 'There was nothing malicious there'

Louis van Gaal looked visibly upset when he tapped the England defender on the shoulder as he was taken away down the tunnel to hospital.

And after the match, the United manager was clearly shaken by the incident.

"He has a double leg fracture," Van Gaal said. "He is in hospital. He will be transferred (to the UK) tomorrow (Wednesday) with us or maybe a day later and then operated on in Manchester

"It is awful. He was crying."

Van Gaal was clearly unhappy with the challenge, but refused to condemn the Mexican defender, who played for him at AZ.

"If I say it is a penalty and a red card I am a bad loser, every word is interpreted in the wrong way," he said.

"But it was a very bad tackle with two legs."

Shaw took to Twitter to thank those who had wished him a speedy recovery.

Shaw said: "Thank you everyone for your messages , words can't describe how gutted I am, my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger."

At first sight, it seemed Shaw's season - and his hopes of going to Euro 2016 - was over.

But Van Gaal still harbours hope the England international will play again this season.

"I am not a doctor so I cannot say that, but when you have a double fracture it is I think until six months," Van Gaal added.

"It is about how it develops. You can never say that in advance.

"He will not play in the group phase I think. I hope he can play again this season."

If Shaw needs any encouragement he can look to his United team-mate Antonio Valencia, who was back in action five months after suffering a broken leg and dislocated ankle against Rangers in the Champions League in 2010.

United took the lead on Tuesday thanks to an exquisite solo goal from PSV old boy Memphis Depay, but the hosts hit back through Moreno, who headed in a corner after losing Matteo Darmian in the box.

After the restart, Luciano Narsingh headed in after drifting away from Shaw's replacement Marcos Rojo in the box.

Juan Mata, Depay and surprise starter Anthony Martial were all guilty of spurning opportunities during the Group B match in Holland.

"We can only blame ourselves because we have created so many chances," Van Gaal said.

"Today we could have scored much more than that but PSV were very effective because they scored out of nothing."

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