Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United squad has been hit hard by injuries this season, and over the past week it has got even worse.
Daley Blind was injured for the Netherlands and will now miss up to six weeks, Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea is touch and go for the big match against Arsenal this Saturday (Watch live, NBC, 12:30 p.m. ET and online via Live Extra) while Michael Carrick was injured on England duty.
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Now Luke Shaw has joined that laundry list of injured players at Old Trafford, after limping off in Three Lions’ 3-1 friendly win against Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Shaw confirmed his left hamstring is the problem area and said he isn’t sure if he will be fit for Saturday’s clash vs. Arsenal.
“I picked up a few knocks during the game and my left hamstring, which I hurt at the start of the season, I could feel a little bit,” Shaw said. “We had a discussion at half-time over whether to bring me off then but it was a game I didn’t want to come off in so I played the extra 15 minutes and then Roy decided to sub me off.”
Shaw, 19, is no stranger to injuries since becoming the most expensive teenager in history this summer. Shaw arrived at United from Southampton for $45 million but his fitness was questioned by van Gaal straight away. After being pushed hard during preseason the young Englishman, predictably, broke down with a hamstring issue.
However, over the past month Shaw has returned and been a regular for United at left back and put in an assured display for England vs. Scotland. But given their huge spate of injuries in defense with Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Rafael and others out injured for most of the season, van Gaal and United’s fans will be hoping Shaw can shake off his hamstring complaint and line up at the Emirates against Arsenal on Saturday.