Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that star defender Luke Shaw will be out for at least six months.

Manchester United left full-back Luke Shaw suffered a horrible ankle injury while playing in the UEFA Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven yesterday where the Red Devils suffered a 2-1 defeat at Philips Stadion.

Luke Shaw was making a run down the left flank when PSV’s Mexican defender Hector Moreno pulled off a rough tackle at the English youngster. Shaw went down to the ground in great pain as it looked like he might have twisted his ankle badly.

The injury brought back the memories of certain horrific player injuries in the past. It could have been a career-threatening injury for the promising youngster.

Manchester United take on Sunderland on Saturday evening.

Ahead of the match, Louis van Gaal addressed the media where he said: “He will be out at least six months. You can’t predict the development of the rehabilitation. There’s always more – and then he has to get fit.”

Luke Shaw will use electro-muscle stimulation to retain strength in his leg as he rehabs to get back playing again.

A six-month layoff could see him return to action in late March, leaving him an outside hope of proving his fitness to take part in England’s Euro 2016 campaign, starting in June.

Van Gaal added: “It is not easy and Luke knows he has a long way to go, but the most important thing is he is mentally very strong.”

It was a terrible tackle on the youngster and it could have been easily ended his career.

After the incident PSV player Hector Moreno said: “I just feel really bad because I was involved in the accident. I feel really sorry.

“I think I played the ball, but in this kind of situation I don’t care if it was a foul, I feel bad for him, for his family.

“I had myself that situation like that during the World Cup and it’s bad. It’s difficult to say what happened. Now I just hope he will be back as soon as possible.”

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