Manchester United have been dealt a huge injury blow, with the Daily Mail claiming that Luke Shaw has suffered ligament damage, and faces at least three weeks on the sidelines. Shaw has had an injury-hit start to his career at Old Trafford, but when he has played he has tended to be one of the better performers, and Louis van Gaal will struggle to replace him without any other fit left-backs.
Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind can both play there, but both will be missing for the foreseeable future also. Meaning that we’ll probably stick with the 3-5-2 that served us so well away at Arsenal this weekend.
My only worry is that the 3-5-2 is a formation that works better away from home and playing on the counter. Look at Swansea’s visit to Old Trafford in the first game of the season, we had to push extra men forward and Swansea soaked up the pressure and countered well on us.
Hopefully Luke Shaw keeps working hard and is back available to us before the busy Christmas period. His energy, pace and ability to defend as well as attack will be much-needed if we want to make a real push for a spot in the top four.