By Andy Hyslop
- Martial makes first start, Young also starts after impressing against Liverpool from the bench
- Luke Shaw season could be over after suffering double fracture to his right leg
- United lost the game despite taking the lead through Memphis
Venue: Philips Stadion Attendance: 35,292
Manchester United suffered a double blow at the start of their Champions League campaign. They have lost left-back Shaw, what could be the entire season after he suffered a double fracture to his right leg. United also went on to lose the game despite taking the lead through Memphis.
Luke Shaw has had a fine start to the season, defending superbly and also getting forward to help United in the final third. His injury came as he was showing his attacking abilities. He picked up a loose ball just outside the PSV area and drove in the area, only to be stopped by a challenge from PSV defender Hector Moreno.
You could tell it was a bad one straight away, as Moreno held his hands over his mouth, as if he was going to be sick. He had clearly seen the full damage that his tackle had done. Also Shaw never moved whilst on the floor and had to be oxygen whilst being treated on the pitch. Shaw was treated on the pitch for ten minutes before being carried off to a stand ovation by everyone in the ground.
After the game United confirmed the Shaw had suffered a double fracture of his right leg. And have confirmed this morning that Shaw had surgery in Eindhoven last night and will remain in Holland for the early part of his recovery. Marcos Rojo replaced Shaw, with Blind moving to left-back and Rojo partnering Smalling at centre-back.
After the long stoppage for the Shaw injury, the game took a while to get started again; both sides had chances with Martial heading wide for United before Memphis eventually broke the deadlock on 41 minutes. Memphis played in by a fine pass from Blind, skipped through the PSV defence before slotting the ball into the PSV net.
United spurned several chances to extend their lead. Before PSV hit back in the stoppage time, which there was nine minutes after the earlier incident. PSV levelled when Moreno, the PSV man involved in the Shaw incident, beat Darmian to a corner. Heading downwards, which Blind diverted past Young on the line. Young would have cleared the ball if it wasn’t for Blind touch.
United dominated the second-half right from the start to the final whistle but couldn’t take advantage of their dominance. Martial and Memphis were linking up well, but despite this United failed to create any clear-cut chances. PSV took advantage of a poor pass from Darmian on 57 minutes, as Lestienne intercepted the pass before breaking free on the left flank and crossing for Narsingh to head home.
After the goal United once again had the majority of possession but failed to pose a real threat to the PSV goal. United’s best chance to level came just after going behind, when Schweinsteiger dinked a pass over the PSV defence to an on-running Mata; the Spaniard failed to control the ball though.
All in all it was a bad night for United in Eindhoven, they lost the game after having the majority of the ball and they may have lost one of their best players so far this season; for the rest of the season. We wish Luke Shaw a speedy recovery and no doubt he will come back better and stronger.
Next up for United in the Champions League is a home game against Wolfsburg on September 30, who beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 last night. Before that though United face a trip to Southampton in the league. Where Louis Van Gaal will be looking for immediate reaction from his players.
Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw (Rojo 24), Schweinsteiger, Herrera (Fellaini 75), Young (Valencia 86), Mata, Memphis, Martial Substitutes Not Used: Romero, McNair, Carrick, Schneiderlin
Our Man Of The Match: Schweinsteiger