Manchester United’s spectacular run of late season injuries continues apace. Luke Shaw is the latest to be ruled out for the foreseeable future, as reports today say that the left-back is not only done for the season, but in danger of missing the start of next season due to foot ligament damage.
Shaw sustained the injury after just nine minutes of action against Swansea on Sunday, following a relatively innocuous looking clash.
This new injury is yet another setback for Shaw, whose United career has been plagued by injuries. He has also had to deal with frequent - and often withering - public criticism from his manager over his mentality. The young left-back had finally worked himself back into Mourinho’s good graces, but that didn’t stop the manager from sarcastically questioning Shaw’s toughness after the Swansea match.
“I think Luke Shaw’s must be a big injury, because to leave the pitch after 10 minutes I am expecting a very big injury.”
A new left-back surely becomes a priority for the summer transfer window, but in the mean time, this new injury leaves United desperately short of able bodies in defense. Already having finished Sunday’s match fielding a winger and three full-backs in the back four, even more reshuffling will be required if Eric Bailly - who also limped off on Sunday - doesn’t recover in time for Thursday’s Europa League semi-final.