Luke Shaw has opened up about the gruesome double leg break he suffered in United’s game away to PSV in the Champions League group stages last season.
Shaw had made a brilliant start to the season and was starting to repay the hefty fee United paid Southampton for him three years ago.
However, just when everything seemed merry, calamity struck. Shaw had made a trademark darting run into the opposition penalty area when Hector Moreno hacked him down, causing him to suffer a double fracture.
At first, Shaw didn’t really believe that it would be too hard to recover from an injury that bad menatally as well as physically. It was only when time started to drag on that he realised the struggles of a long term injury.
Speaking to the Guardian, he said: “I’d heard other players talking about dark times when they were trying to get back from bad injuries. I didn’t think I would be like that but, yeah, there were parts when I was thinking: ‘I just don’t want to be here any more’.
“I partly blame myself. I’d run into their penalty area and I should have shot with my right foot but I wanted to come inside. I wanted to be on my left foot. And then, obviously, the tackle. I don’t even want to think about the tackle, to be honest. At the time I thought: ‘Give him the benefit of the doubt, it wasn’t actually a bad tackle’. But the more I’ve seen it since, the more I think: ‘You know, that was actually a really bad challenge’.”
Moreno went on to score the winning goal in that game and ended up winning the UEFA man of the match award. While Shaw isn’t one to hold grudges, he forgave the defender for the tackle, but admits that he dislikes the fact that Moreno ended up winning the award for the best player of the game, when he really shouldn’t even have been on the pitch.
Shaw added: “To be fair to him, he did come to say sorry. He came to the hospital and I saw him face to face in my room. I was quite sympathetic at the time – ‘Aah, look, you can come in, it’s fine’ – but at the end of the day it was me lying there with a broken leg, and I went through so many bad times since then, I did start thinking about it some more. It really annoys me they [Uefa] gave him man-of-the-match.”
Shaw is now working under Jose Mourinho at United, after van Gaal got the sack as United finished 5th in the Premier League last season. However, the pair might have been working together at Chelsea instead, had the left-back not decided he would get more first team chances at Old Trafford.
Shaw explained: “We’ve had a little joke about it. He’s a cool manager. ‘Why didn’t you come?’ he wanted to know. I just felt I had more opportunity of first-team football here. But now I’m with him and I’m really happy he’s here.”