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Mauricio Pochettino consoles Man United's Luke Shaw after leg break

By Paul Hirst

Published 17/09/2015

PSV's Hector Moreno's tackle on Manchester United's Luke Shaw
PSV's Hector Moreno's tackle on Manchester United's Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw was still in tears yesterday as he began his recovery from a double leg break that left his former manager Mauricio Pochettino "sick".

Shaw suffered a fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right leg after a late challenge from Hector Moreno during Manchester United's 2-1 defeat to PSV.

After receiving eight minutes' treatment, Shaw was carried off the pitch at the Philips Stadion while receiving oxygen.

The defender was taken to the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven, where he had an operation on Tuesday night.

He stayed there overnight and United announced yesterday that their left-back would remain at the hospital "to continue his early recovery".

Shaw received a visit from United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the hospital shortly before he and the rest of the squad flew back to England yesterday afternoon.

Manchester United's Luke Shaw suffers double fracture of the right leg  

And the former Southampton defender also received a phone call from his old Saints boss Pochettino, who was distressed by the injury.

"I spoke with him this morning," said Pochettino, who left Southampton for Tottenham in the summer.

"He's much better today but it is always difficult when you have that type of injury. I gave my support and wished him a speedy recovery."

When asked what Shaw said to him, Pochettino added: "It's difficult because he was crying.

"You can understand that after the injury. Not only for the pain but everything around the situation.

"I feel very sorry for him. It was a big impact for me and I watched the moment it happened. I was sick after the action. My relationship with him was close and it is difficult."

Moreno slid in from behind on Shaw with both feet in the 15th minute of the Champions League group stage match, trapping the left-back's right foot, which bent at an angle.

Incredibly, the Mexican was not punished for the challenge.

Moreno has apologised after making the tackle.

"I feel really bad because I was involved in the accident. I feel really sorry," said Moreno, who broke his leg during last year's World Cup. "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."

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