To say PSV Eindhoven’s Mexican intentional defender Hector Moreno had an eventful night on Tuesday against Manchester United is a massive understatement.
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Moreno, 26, was the man who sent in a crunching tackle on United’s Luke Shaw which caused the latter to break both bones in his right leg in a gut-wrenching injury which has sent shock waves through the soccer world.
The towering defender then headed PSV level right on half time to make it 1-1 and PSV went on to win the game to compound a miserable night for United as Louis Van Gaal‘s side lost its best player so far this season for at least six months.
Despite Moreno showing remorse for the tackle which contributed heavily in Shaw’s horrendous leg break, the defender was handed the “Man of the Match” award by UEFA following his display. That has riled plenty of people at United, as Van Gaal and others at the club have since lambasted Moreno for his lunging tackle on Shaw.
Via the Guardian, a source at United had the following to say about Moreno’s award:
“We find it strange and disappointing UEFA made him their man of the match after what happened to Luke.”
The man of the match award is said to be decided upon by a UEFA reporting team, one of which is present at every UCL match.
Moreno’s tackle on Shaw has divided opinion, with many suggesting it was a horrendous lunging two-footed tackle, but others, such as former United captain and legend Roy Keane, saying it was a “brilliant” tackle which ended up injuring Shaw.
An injury of this magnitude always causes plenty of controversy, as Shaw spent almost 10 minutes on the pitch int he aftermath receiving oxygen before he was stretchered away to a hospital in Eindhoven where he was operated on last night. The leg break was made even worse by that fact that Shaw, 20, was putting in several stunning displays to start the season with United and England. Now, he faces at least six months on the sidelines as his club and country will try to pick up the pieces after the $45 million left back recovers.