Manchester United’s campaign has been dealt a significant blow as Luke Shaw, their dependable left-back, is set to be sidelined for several weeks due to a muscle injury. The 28-year-old, who has played a crucial role in the team’s opening two Premier League fixtures, will be missed as he recuperates from the setback.
Shaw’s absence was felt during United’s recent clash against Tottenham Hotspur, where the Red Devils suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ange Postecoglou‘s side. A mainstay since his arrival at Old Trafford from Southampton in 2014, Shaw has amassed 262 appearances and scored four goals during his nine-year tenure at the club.
A statement released on Manchester United’s official website confirmed the news, stating, “Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has sustained an injury which will rule him out of forthcoming games. The muscle issue is still being assessed but the England left-back is expected to be out of action for a number of weeks.”
The exact nature and severity of Shaw’s injury are under evaluation, but initial assessments suggest that he could be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks. The unfortunate timing of the injury is likely to rule him out of England’s international camp in September, causing him to miss matches against Ukraine and Scotland.
Manchester United‘s manager, Erik ten Hag, now faces a dilemma at left-back for their upcoming fixtures. With Tyrell Malacia also unavailable, the club finds itself without a recognized option in that position. The absence of Mason Mount, who is recovering from injury and set to miss the next two matches, further compounds the challenge.
Potential solutions include relying on young talent like Brandon Williams, who recently joined Ipswich Town on loan, and considering positional changes. Diogo Dalot could temporarily step in at left-back, given his experience, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka holds the right-back position