Manchester United have been handed a huge injury boost ahead of their clash against Premier League surprise package Southampton, as reported by The Guardian.
Luke Shaw, who was withdrawn early in the clash against Yeovil Town in the third round of the FA Cup, is now expected to be available for the game that could go a long way to deciding the Champions League places at the end of the season.
Shaw is now thought to have suffered only a minor knock in the game, which Man Utd won 2-0.
Rafael da Silva was also injured in the game, although he may be out for longer.
Shaw has suffered previous injuries since joining Man Utd during the summer from the Saints.
He had a knock in pre season that caused fitness issues.
Shaw was also out for over a month during the campaign due to an ankle problem, only returning on December 28th during the game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United have found themselves in another injury crisis, after seeing both Rafael da Silva and Luke Shaw pick up knocks in yesterday’s FA Cup clash with Yeovil Town, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Rafael’s injury was the more serious on first analysis, as the Brazilian was taken to hospital, with his club’s physios believing that he had suffered a fractured cheekbone.
Luke Shaw, Rafael’s counterpart on the left side of the defence, was taken off at half time of the 2-0 win for the Red Devils, with the England international believed to have suffered an ankle injury.
Both Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are expected to be out of action ahead of Man Utd’s clash with Southampton next Sunday, which means that the club have no senior full backs available to them for the game.
Van Gaal took time out to praise Rafael for continuing to play despite the injury.
The United boss said: “I think we have a lot of problems in the first half, I don’t think you have noticed Rafael Da Silva has an injury and a fracture of his bone so it was fantastic he had the guts to play through.
“But I have to change him and also Luke Shaw had an ankle problem so I had to change him also.
“Rafael has already gone away in a car. I don’t know how he did it. I cannot say I will have to watch the video. Also, with Shaw. It was a very physical game. Rafael played through. Last few weeks he has not played so much. He has a fantastic attitude, he is unbelievable.”
Manchester United starlet Luke Shaw has revealed that he cannot wait to face off against Chelsea on Sunday, having supported the Blues as a child, as reported by the Daily Star.
The 19 year old joined the Old Trafford club for £31.5 million this summer, making him the most expensive teenager in British football history.
However, he has struggled since moving to the Red Devils, with initial injuries playing havoc with his involvement at the start of the new campaign.
Shaw also struggled to reach his ideal fitness levels during pre-season, and was criticised by boss Louis van Gaal because of this.
The England international has, however, earned a place in the side as a result of the series of injuries suffered across the back line, and played as Man Utd stumbled to a 2-2 draw against West Brom on Monday.
He has, however, revealed that he is looking forward to facing Chelsea on Sunday.
He said: “Playing against Chelsea is a big thing in my family and among my friends because I was born around that area of London.
“I used to watch them when I was younger, which is something I’m sure people know by now.
“When I first played at Stamford Bridge with Southampton it was a bit of a surreal experience in a lot of ways because it was at a ground I’d visited as a kid.
“But playing against Chelsea with United at Old Trafford is a different proposition altogether.
“I’m really looking forward to it, especially with how big this fixture is. Everyone knows that United-Chelsea games are massive, so it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”