Setback for Van Gaal as Luke Shaw set to miss the rest of the year
Manchester United have been rocked by the news that defender Luke Shaw, a £27m signing from Southampton in the summer, will miss the rest of the calendar year.
Shaw damaged ankle ligaments in United's 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates and left the stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot.
The news will come as a massive blow to United manager Louis van Gaal who is already without defenders Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Rafael.
Shaw was forced off after just 15 minutes against the Gunners last week.
"Shaw has to play. Then he is coming back from the international break with the English national team and he is not fit enough. We make him fit," said Van Gaal after the Arsenal win.
"Then he is injured with another injury. Ankle. You have seen that. Then I have to give Young (a game) but Young is not fit enough to play 90 minutes."
Shaw missed the start of the season for United with a hamstring injury and this latest setback is expected to keep him out until January.
However, United's squad is set to be boosted by the return of Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans, despite the defender saying he was not ready for first-team action, for Saturday's game with Hull City.
Evans has not played since September after a string of injuries but played an hour for United's reserves on Tuesday evening.